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Election of Chair
Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.
Councillor Malcolm Grainger was elected Chair for the ensuing meeting.
Declaration of Interests
5. To consider representations received in relation to an application for a premises licence.
Councillor Malcolm Grainger; Other Interest; Daughter in Law attends Solfest as a Volunteer.
“That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 52 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.”
The Licensing and Compliance Officer submitted a report to consider representations received in relation to an application for a premises licence.
The report concerned an application for a premises licence for Land at Holly
House, Goodyhills, Mawbray, CA15 6QX.
The applicant was Solfest Limited.
The applicant had put forward the same conditions that have previously been attached to a premises licence for this festival.
Members were given site layout and site location plans.
The Licensing and Compliance Officer answered questions from the panel, confirming that Solfest would go ahead regardless of this meeting outcome as this was a meeting to only determine licensable activities.
The Applicant, Simon Kay provided his representations, acknowledging that this was a complex application but that the event has an excellent reputation that takes pride in being family friendly. He went on to explain that he has tried to work with as many local residents as possible and that he has not had any previous representations against the running of the festival.
He continued to explain that the 2019 festival was smaller, using new fields with improved traffic access.
The applicant then answered questions from the panel. In response he explained that the event can cope with 5000 cars but only 3000 were expected, he also provided a breakdown of all staff/volunteers that were in place to ensure smooth running of the festival. The panel also asked several questions in relation to traffic and car parking, CCTV, trespassing, stop and search and welfare/first aid.
The panel then heard the representations from residents who had submitted their objections.
Objector IP01 shared their concerns with the close proximity of the site to their dwelling, the significant impact to their living arrangements and the impact on their young family. IP01 also stated that crime and traffic issues were also an issue.
Objector IP2 advised that they had issues with this festival in previous years, including trespassing and crime. They went onto explain the potential traffic issues and the difficulty they will face when leaving their dwelling, IP02 also suggested that the distance from their property to the festival should be 500m, not 200m.
Objector IP3 was concerned with traffic volume, the legality of the legal notices and communication issues.
The panel were advised of 4 further written objections in regards to traffic volume and access.
The applicant provided his response to each objector and then provided a summary of his representations, including responses to concerns raised by objectors. He reminded the panel of the traffic management plan in place, of the mitigations to reduce nuisance and clarified the plans in relation to security and staffing/volunteers.
All parties then had the opportunity to ask any further questions and to summarise any points they had raised.
All parties were then asked to leave the meeting for the panel to consider the application.
The Panel considered all information presented to it in the officers report, the additional papers provided and the representations provided at the meeting.
Councillor Peter Gaston moved the motion ... view the full minutes text for item 107.