Venue: Bromley Civic Centre
Contact: Steve Wood 020 8313 4316
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING
Councillor Nicholas Bennett was appointed Chairman for the meeting.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
Application for a new premises licence for the ‘Taste of the Caribbean Festival 2023’.
This was a proposed 2 day festival on the 1st and 2nd of July 2023 from 10:00 hours to 20:00 hours. The event would take place in an enclosed area of the public park on Croydon Road Recreation Ground. It was intended that qualified security staff and stewards would manage the area. The application was in respect of the provision of late-night refreshment.
The application was described as similar to a country fare or a fun-fair, a family event for the young and old. There would be a Metropolitan Police stand at the park.
This would be the second consecutive year that the event was planned to take place at the same venue. Last year it was a one day event. The event was intended for all age groups and would be family focused. There would be food stalls, a bar, arts and craft, children’s play area, medical tent and other stalls and activity areas within the designated area of the park.
Details of the Event Management Plan were noted in the application bundle. There would be live music on a small stage with amplified music, (not from established artists), and background music played by a DJ in between the acts. Music would be played on both days of the event. The anticipated number of attendees would vary between the two days, but approximately not more than 3,000 people at the same time.
The Applicant’s Case:
The Applicant, Damien McClean, began by thanking the Council and residents for another opportunity to bring the event to Bromley. The Applicant mentioned that he had experience in managing events and had managed the previous event last year. The event would only use 50% of the public park. The rest of the park would remain available to members of the public. The Applicant mentioned that the festival was different to other festivals where music and famous artists were the focus and main attraction. This event, however, lended itself to entertain as well as to breakdown social barriers, and to cater for a demographic which was overlooked.
The activities would include, food traders, arts and craft, competitions, puppet shows, stilt walkers etc. Ticket holders would be informed that there was no parking and that they should use public transport. There would be a ‘Disney style’ queuing system. The Applicant was agreeable to the additional Metropolitan Police Conditions and other necessary conditions. A leaflet (flyer) would be sent to the residents living in the vicinity of the park. The leaflet would contain details of a complaint hot line number. Some of the responses to questions to the Applicant were incorporated into the additional conditions. For example, noise nuisance and how it would be monitored, rapid response, hygienic cleaning, parking and taxi pick-up points. With regards to access to free drinking water etc. There were some other points which were raised which did not directly relate to the Licensing Objectives.