Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Licensing (General Purposes) Sub-Committee held on 16/11/2004
Applications for Annual Public Entertainment Licences - Police Comments
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
LICENSING (GENERAL PURPOSES) SUB-COMMITTEE – 16TH NOVEMBER 2004
APPLICATIONS FOR ANNUAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENCES
POLICE COMMENTS ON CROWN AND CUSHION, HASLEMERE
[Wards Affected: All]
Public Entertainment and similar licences are routinely submitted to the Police and the Fire Authority for comment. The Fire Authority has raised no objection to any of the licences to date. The Police have also raised no objection to the vast majority of the applications, although they have made proposals for additional conditions on the Crown and Cushion, Weyhill, Haslemere, which are detailed further below:
Police comments and proposals
Crown and Cushion, 4 Weyhill, Haslemere
Type of Application
Annual Music, Singing and Dancing Licence
We are in receipt of the application to renew the current entertainment licence.
We have no objections to this application but would like consideration to be given to a series of crime reduction control measures to be put in place to enhance the conditions on the licence. The applicant has been spoken to at length and has agreed to these measures. These measures are:
1. To establish professional working practices
A management policy shall be submitted to Waverley Borough Council to address issues such as age restrictions, drugs policy, reporting of incidents policy, door staff duties,searching policy, membership of Pubwatch, dispersal control and any public nuisance or environmental health factors.
2. To collate evidence and witness details at an early stage
Management shall undertake a proactive approach in liasing with police, and the reporting of incidents for their investigation arising from customers at the premises.
3. To improve staff and public safety
Doorstaff shall be registered with Waverley Borough Council in accordance with the standard conditions and a minimum of two door staff shall be employed when the licence is effective.
4. To discourage misuse of druge, improve public safety and reassurance
A proactive monitoring programme shall be used by staff at the premises in regard to toilet areas in order to reduce the opportunities for drug and substance misuse and to reduce the risk of crime at the premises.
5. To encourage controlled dipersal by reducing public movement
There shall be no admittance or re-admittance to the premises after 10.30pm during any period when the licence is effective.
This would prevent persons leaving other premises at closing time and entering the Crown and Cushion to take advantage of their extended hours.
6. To assist in gathering evidence and conform to the Data Protection Act
A CCTV system with a time and date setting shall be installed at the premises and this shall be operative and regularly checked to ensure it is working properly, including the time and date setting. There shall be sufficient colour cameras to view activity from either side of each entrance, all public areas and any corridors open to the public and cameras shall be sited so that images are clear enough to allow the police to use them, if necessary to investigate a crime. Images shall be fully recorded on a secure system with only authorised persons having access. Video recordings shall be kept for a period of at least 30 days and where images are recorded on videotape; such tapes shall be replaced after not more than 12 uses. Signage indicating the presence of CCTV cameras shall be clearly visible to customers using the premises
7. To encourage a gradual and controlled dispersal
A ‘wind down’ period shall start at least 30 minutes prior to the end of permitted hours, or closure of the venue, whichever is the earlier. During this period, entertainment shall stop and music may be played at a lower sound level and at a lower beat per minute than that of the main entertainment to enable customers to prepare to leave. During the ‘wind down’ period, the toilets shall continue to be made available for customers’ use.
8. Again, to encourage a gradual and controlled dispersal
Doorstaff shall be retained on duty until the end of permitted hours (and any ‘drinking up’ time within the law presently enacted) and any such later time as may be necessary to monitor the safe dispersal of customers away from the area of the venue.
Peter Hathaway C/E 10378
Waverley Licensing Officer
The officers are seeking formal confirmation from the applicant and will report on this at the meeting. Subject to confirmation, imposition of the above matters in the form of conditions (as have been devised for The Lounge Bar and Grill in Godalming) would be acceptable to your officers and this is recognised as a positive improvement to Licensing of the premises. The Sub-Committee may approve the addition of conditions to this effect on the renewed licences, if it so wishes.