Boughton Estates – Licence Application Update

Licence Application –
the Decision

The members of the Licensing Committee of Kettering Borough Council met to discuss the application by Buccleuch Recreational Enterprises Ltd, on Monday 25th March at 2pm.

Present were:

  • Borough Councillors: Lloyd Bunday, June Derbyshire, Alan Mills
  • Borough Council Officers: Rachel Paling, Community Administrator, James Chadwick, Community Protection Solicitor, Russ Howell, Environmental Health Services Manager
  • Boughton Estates Representatives: Maurice Whitaker, Steve Porter
  • Geddington Residents: Kerry Audis, Ken Barber, Angus Gordon, Andrew Heald, Pam Hopkins

Russ Howell opened the meeting with an review of the application.  After ¾ hour of discussion – much of which centred on the 4am finish, the traffic and noise management plans resulting in a question and answer session between all parties – the Councillors retired to discuss the Application.

The Councillors came back after 35 minutes with their decision, which was:
The License Application has been granted with the following comments and provisos:

1 Section M, Appendix B would be added to the Application – this was not in the original online application (the main points of which are shown below.)

2 The variety of activities and events from plays, films, live and recorded music and dance to indoor sports events, hours range from 08.00 – 00.00 for indoor events to 12.00-00.00 for films:

This is acceptable.

3 Live Music Thursday – Monday morning changed to 3am (from 4am) last sale of alcohol changed to 2am (from 3.30am), this to prevent public nuisance.

And to the public, the chairman said,

4 If there are any problems, then you have the right to a review.

During the discussion, there was an extra initiative brought up by the Committee – that of providing dedicated phone lines to Borough Council Officers, concerned with Environmental Health and Noise levels, to Geddington village residents, possibly through the Parish Council.

SECTION M A description of the steps you intend to take to promote the licensing objectives:

a) General

Every event will have an Event Management/Safety Plan (EMP). This plan will cover all of the four licensing objectives: The Prevention of Crime & Disorder, Public Safety; The Prevention of Public Nuisance and the Prevention of Children from Harm.

1. Every event will be put through the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) process and an approved EMP will be in place and approved by the relevant authorities 28 days prior.

2. Boughton will inform the Council and Police of any event at an early planning stage.

3. Boughton will include an alcohol policy in the Events contracts as relevant to each event.

4. Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) – this will be Boughton, but wording will be included in the contract such as: should alcohol be served at an event the organiser will appoint a designated Bar Manager to enforce the agreed Alcohol policy. This will form part of the contract and the EMP.

b) The Prevention of Crime and Disorder

1. Full details of how this objective will be met will be contained in the EMP.

2. Through the above process security and stewarding levels will be agreed and each event organiser will engage the services of a reputable security/stewarding company who are experienced in the events proposed

c) Public Safety

1. Each event organiser will need to ensure the planning, delivery and compliance of the EMP. This will include the appointment of a designated Event Safety Officer (ESO) within the management structure of each event.

2. Suitable Risk Assessments and Fire Risk Assessments for all stages, structures and areas of the events must be undertaken for build, event and breakdown periods.

3. Each event organiser will engage the medical services of a professional company to provide suitable medical cover during each event, in compliance with the arrangements documented in the EMP. The EMP will be required to cover, but not limited to, the following:

4. Exits and Emergency vehicle access routes which will be kept clear at all times and be illuminated in darkness.

5. Exit Lighting within temporary structures.

6. Fire Fighting Plan to include equipment throughout the premises and fire fighting arrangements that will be provided throughout the premises in compliance with the Risk Assessments.

7. Appropriate arrangements to ensure unauthorised access to the premises to ensure the agreed event capacity is not breached.

8. All Emergency vehicle access routes to be kept clear at all times and to be adequately lit at all times.

d) The Prevention of Public Nuisance

1. Full details of how this will be met will be contained within the EMP.

2. In consultation with the SAG each event organiser may be required to employ a noise consultant at the event and any off site locations, and ensure the delivery of any Noise Management Plan (NMP) as agreed in the EMP.

3. Site access times for deliveries outside the times outlined above are to be restricted as agreed within the EMP.

4. A written and approved Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be written and approved for each event depending on where the event will run on the premises to minimise disruption to local residents.

5. A Waste Management Plan (WMP) will be agreed within the EMP.

e) The Protection of Children from Harm

1. Full details of how this will be met will be contained within the EMP.

2. If required, age restrictions will apply at any event within the premises and any agreed ratios of adults to children agreed. Any restrictions will be implemented by the Security Team and the Management Team on any event.

3. A Lost Person procedure will be developed and operated on each event, staffed by appropriately qualified and accredited staff.

4. Event organisers will be required to agree and contract to an agreed Alcohol Policy as outlined in points 4 & 5 of section a) above.