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Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest
To receive any apologies for absence and declarations of interest.
Those present in the Council Chamber introduced themselves. There were no apologies for absence or declarations of interest.
To consider the application to vary a Premises Licence for the Axe Pub, Saffron Walden.
Four Members of the public all presented their objections to the application, remotely through Zoom.
The Senior Licensing and Compliance Officer gave a summary of the report which requested that members considered an application to vary a Premises Licence for the Axe Pub, Saffron Walden. He said that the variation application was to remove conditions 1, 2 and 3 of Annexe 3 of the licence:
He said that on a recent visit to the pub he had found that the copy of the premises licence on display to be out of date but that he had found the premises and outside area to be in good order.
The applicant outlined a serious of her unfortunate personal circumstances and said that over the past four years she had been looking to eradicate the previous poor reputation of the pub. She said that it was usually only her working in the pub but some additional support was provided on Fridays and Saturdays. She said that the pub opened at 3.00 pm and closed at 11.00 pm but sometimes closed earlier through lack of custom. She said she was looking for additional flexibility to organise more than six events per year as was currently allowed and spoke about the possibility of holding events around every six weeks.
Members gave credit to the applicant for running the pub through difficult times. They asked questions relating to staffing arrangements, the non-production of a noise management plan, the organisation of music events, the non-use of Temporary Event Notices (TENs) and the current time restrictions.
The Senior Environmental Health Officer outlined his report and said that he shared the concerns that had been expressed by the public speakers. He said that the possibility existed for TENs applications to be submitted.
The applicant said that no TENs applications had been submitted as the number of people attending the pub had not merited it due to the pandemic.
The Chair explained that the Panel would retire to consider the case.
The applicant left the meeting at 10:48 am and the Committee retired to make its decision.
The matter before the Committee today is an application for a variation in the conditions attached to the premises licence the Axe Public House on Ashdon Road. Saffron Walden. This hearing is a hybrid one with the Panel, our Legal Advisor and the Licensing Team present in the room and Environmental Health and the public speakers attending remotely. These are long established premises and are now surrounded by residential properties, some at least of which postdate the grant of the first Justices’ licence in respect of the premises. The first premises licence granted by the Council was dated 23rd August 2005 and was made subject to ... view the full minutes text for item LIC2