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Council imposes tough new restrictions on Gardeners Arms

by admin on May 15th, 2022

Licensing Act 2003 – Premises Licence Review in respect of The Gardeners Arms, 103 York Hill, Loughton, IG10 1RX

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to a meeting of this Authority‚Äôs Licensing Sub-Committee on 19th April 2022, the above mentioned application was treated on its own merits and the Sub- Committee based its decision on the following:

The application for a licence review The policy of the licensing authority The relevant representations received Guidance issued

The licensing objectives

The decision of the Licensing Sub-committee after considering the representations made in support and against the application was:

That the conditions of the Premises Licence are added to and modified as follows:

  1. Customers are not permitted to take drinks outside the pub or to consume alcohol in any external area save for a maximum of 30 people seated at tables within the horseshoe area only and tables and chairs shall be removed from other outdoor areas.
  2. The outside areas of the premises to be cleared of customers by 21:00 hours.
  3. After 21:00 hours customers shall only be permitted to be in the outside of the premises for smoking.
  4. No music shall be played in the outside area of the premises and under s.177A of the Licensing Act 2003 this condition shall apply during the deregulated hours for regulated entertainment.
  5. A noise limiter must be fitted to the musical amplification system and maintained in accordance with the following criteria:
    1. the limiter must be set at a level as advised by an authorisedCommunity Resilience Team Officer,
    2. The operational panel of the noise limiter shall then be secured by keyor password to the satisfaction of the authorised Officer and access shall only be by persons authorised by the Premises Licence holder,
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Civic Offices High Street Epping Essex CM16 4BZ

Our Ref WK/202203860 Your Ref:

Date: 20 April 2022

  1. The limiter shall not be altered without prior written agreement from the Community Resilience Team,
  2. No alteration or modification to any existing sound system(s) should be affected without prior knowledge of the Community Resilience Team, and
  3. No additional sound generating equipment shall be used on the premises without being routed through the sound limiter device.
  1. Loudspeakers shall not be located in the entrance and exit of the premises or outside the building.
  2. The premises shall install and maintain a comprehensive CCTV system where:
    1. All entry and exit points will be covered enabling frontal identification of every person entering in any light condition.
    2. The CCTV system shall continually record whilst the premises is open for licensable activities and during all times when customers remain on the premises and will include the external area immediately outside the premises entrance. The external cameras shall record audio as well as video.
    3. All recordings shall be stored for a minimum period of 28 days with date and time stamping.
    4. Viewing of recordings shall be made available immediately upon the request of Police or authorised officer throughout the entire 28 day period.
  3. A staff member from the premises who is conversant with the operation of the CCTV system shall be on the premises at all times when the premises is open. This staff member must be able to provide a Police or authorised council officer copies of recent CCTV images or data with the absolute minimum of delay when requested.
  4. A written dispersal policy shall be in place and implemented at the premises to move customers from the premises and the immediate vicinity in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance or nuisance to the neighbours.
  5. The dispersal policy must be agreed in writing with the Community Resilience Team and subject to regular review (at a minimum of 6 monthly intervals).
  6. Members of staff shall ask customers sat on the horseshoe area of the premises who are excessively loud (shouting, yelling or screaming) to be mindful of the neighbouring residential properties and be required to leave the premises if they fail to do so.
  7. Signage shall be displayed at all exits from the premises and external areas requesting customers to be considerate of residents and to keep nuisance to a minimum.
  8. No glasses or open bottles are to be removed from the premises by customers.

You are advised that under the Licensing Act 2003, you have the right to appeal against this decision and it should be made to a Magistrates Court. Any appeal should be made within 21 days of the date of this letter.

Date: 20 April 2022

I trust this clarifies the decisions made, but if you would like to discuss them further I can be contacted on the details below.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Handan Ibrahim
Licensing Compliance Officer
Tel No: (01992) 564153
email: licensing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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