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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room B, Town Hall, Blackpool

Contact: Chris Williams  Democratic Governance Adviser

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To appoint a Chairman for the meeting.


The Licensing Panel considered the appointment of a Chairman for the meeting.




That Councillor Hunter be appointed Chairman for the meeting.



Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:-


(1) the type of interest concerned


(2) the nature of the interest concerned; and


(3) whether they have or have not sat on a Planning Committee which has previously considered a planning application in respect of a licensed premises which is also subject to consideration for a premises licence as part of the agenda for this meeting.


If any Member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.


(Members are asked to also pay particular attention to the guidance sheet on interests supplied with the agenda).


There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.



The Chairman of the Panel will summarise the procedure and announce the equal maximum amount of time for each party to speak for the hearing.


A.         Items 1 and 4 (b) will be undertaken in private session by the Panel and not in the Meeting Room.

B.         Items 2, 3, 4(a) and 4(c) will be recommended to the Panel to be held in public.

C.         The Panel may decide to exclude the public from all or part of a hearing where it considers that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in the hearing, or that part of the hearing, taking place in public. (This includes a party and any person assisting or representing a party)


The Chairman explained the procedure for the meeting including that an equal time limit of twenty minutes had been allocated for all parties.



To consider an application to vary the Premises Licence at the New Road Inn, 244 Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 3HL.

Additional documents:


The Panel considered the application to vary the Premises Licence issued in respect of the New Road Inn, 244 Talbot Road, Blackpool, FY1 3HL.


The Licence Holder, Ms Melanie Talbot was in attendance and accompanied by the Designated Premises Supervisor, Mr Pierre Coulon. Mr Coulon advised that the application was actually to extend the opening hours of the premises on Friday and Saturday nights including the sale of alcohol from the currently permitted time of 00:30 to the later time of 01:30. The application had originally been for extended opening hours throughout the week, but Mr Coulon made it clear that he now wished only to apply for the extension on Friday and Saturday nights.


Mr Coulon suggested that in response to complaints from nearby residents about noise and nuisance in the vicinity and from within the premises, he had devised a number of measures designed to mitigate some of those issues. In particular, Mr Coulon added that he would close the windows of the premises on Elizabeth Street and lock the corner door adjoining Talbot Road and Elizabeth Street to reduce noise escaping the premises. In addition, the Designated Premises Supervisor advised that he intended to lock the rear smoking shelter at 11pm to reduce noise and disturbance along with closing the side door and stowing all associated furniture away by 10pm. It was also intended to operate electronic signage only between 12pm and 11pm. Mr Coulon suggested that the removal of a nearby phonebox had reduced anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of the pub and claimed that in his opinion, customers were often not the cause of such behaviour.


In response to questions about the need for an extension of opening hours, Mr Coulon advised that it would afford the premises a degree of flexibility and allow for the use of a function room for wedding receptions and other events for longer periods given a number of requests it was claimed had been received from customers.


Mr Neil Randall, a local resident who lived close to the venue, was in attendance with another resident, Ms Jowita Rutkowski and both spoke in objection to the application as presented. First-hand accounts of various disturbances were provided and it was claimed that sleeplessness had been caused as a direct result of noise and nuisance in and around the New Road Inn. Anti-social behaviour was described in detail which included but was not limited to; urination, fighting, shouting, swearing and damage to vehicles. In addition, it was suggested that so-called ‘lock in’ events were held at the premises, keeping patrons on the premises after closing time.


Following questions about how smooth dispersal of patrons after closing time would be ensured if the application were granted, Mr Coulon advised that he believed most of his customers would not loiter and would either walk along Talbot Road towards bars in the town centre or proceed home upon leaving his establishment.


In summary, Mr Coulon suggested that he wished to make positive changes at the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.