To consider the above application.
The Sub-Committee considered a report regarding an application by The Bridge Cheshire Limited for a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of The Bridge Hotel, The Village, Prestbury, SK10 4DQ together with objections and support.
The following attending the hearing and made representations with respect to the application:
After a full hearing of the application and in accordance with the rules of procedure, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee reported that after taking account of:
The following course of action had been agreed:
That the application for a Premises Licence be GRANTED as outlined in the application:
A) The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
1. A CCTV system shall be maintained and operated at
the premises with cameras positioned both externally and
2. Recorded CCTV images will be maintained and
stored for a period of twenty-eight days and shall be produced to
the Police or Licensing Authority upon request.
3. CCTV will be in operation at any time a person is
in the premises. Where CCTV is recorded onto a hard drive system,
any DVDs subsequently produced will be in a format so it can be
played back on a standard PC or DVD player.
4. Any person left in charge of the premises must be
trained in the use of any such CCTV equipment, and be able to
produce CCTV images to an officer from a responsible authority upon
5. SIA registered door staff shall be employed at
the premises, in accordance with a risk assessment, to be carried
out by the DPS on an event by event basis.
6. When employed, a register of those door staff
employed shall be maintained at the premises and shall
(i) the number of door staff on duty;
(ii) the identity of each member of door staff;
(iii) the times the door staff are on
7. Open containers of alcohol shall not be removed
from the hotel or its grounds.
8. Staff will be trained in the in the requirements
of the Licensing Act 2003 with regard to the licensing objectives
and the laws relating to under age sales and the sale of alcohol to
intoxicated persons, and that training shall be documented and
repeated at 6 monthly intervals.
9. Any and all instances of crime and disorder will
be reported promptly to the police.
10. An incident log shall be kept at the premises
and made available for inspection on request to an authorised
officer of the Council or Police, which will record the
(i) All crimes reported to the venue
(ii) Any complaints received
(iii) Any refusal of the sale of alcohol
(iv) Any visit by a responsible authority or emergency service
The incident log shall be reviewed and signed by the DPS on a monthly basis.
B) Public Safety
1. Adequate and appropriate first aid equipment and materials will be kept on site, regularly checked and kept in an easily accessible place by staff.
2. Regular safety checks shall be carried out by staff.
3. Management shall liaise with the Fire Authority as necessary to ensure compliance with all necessary fire regulations.
4. The premises shall maintain public liability insurance.
5. All exit routes throughout the premises shall be kept unobstructed, free of trip hazards and clearly signed.
6. Public areas will be maintained free from
obstruction and trip hazards.
C) The Prevention of Public Nuisance
1. Appropriate and effective measures shall be taken
at all times to ensure that any noise from the premises shall not
be at a level which could cause a noise nuisance at the nearest
2. The grounds of the hotel shall be cleared of
litter at regular intervals.
3. Conspicuous notices shall be erected in positions
within the Hotel building and at exit doors which are clearly
noticeable to patrons – to request customers to be
considerate in terms of noise as they leave the premises and to
leave the area quickly and quietly. This should be reinforced by
staff and any DJ/band as patrons leave the building.
4. All external windows and doors shall be closed
whilst amplified music is taking place, except for normal access
5. No licensable activities shall take place outside
after 11pm daily.
6. Outside areas shall not be used, save for
smokers, after 11pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday and
Saturday (and Bank Holiday Sundays).
7. The premises licence holder shall maintain a
tamper proof in house sound system which must be used for all
performances of live and recorded music. The sound system will include a limiter which will
be set, in conjunction with the Environmental Health Team at
Cheshire East Council, at such a level as to ensure that a nuisance
is not caused to nearby noise sensitive properties.
8. The Licence Holder/Designated Premises Supervisor
or responsible person nominated by him/her in charge of the
premises shall ensure that regular noise assessments are made
around the site boundary during the playing of live and amplified
music to ensure that any noise emanating from the premises is not
likely to cause a noise nuisance at the boundary of the nearest
noise sensitive properties. Appropriate action shall be taken to
reduce the level of noise where it is likely to cause a disturbance
to local residents. A log book shall be maintained which details
the date, time, type of entertainment, person undertaking the
check, notes as regards the assessment of the noise and action
taken if necessary. The log book should be kept at The Bridge Hotel
and made available for inspection by an authorised officer of the
Council at any time.
9. Live and recorded music shall not take place
externally after 10.30pm on any day.
10. A Dispersal Policy and a Smoking and Al-Fresco
Dining Policy shall be implemented and adhered to – see
11. Customers shall be permitted to stay inside the
premises whilst waiting for taxis.
12. There shall be no disposal of bottles outside
the premises between the hours of 20:00 and 09:00.
13. There shall be no disposal of refuse outside the
premises or deliveries made to the premises between the hours of
20:00 and 07:30.
14. The Licence Holder/Designated Premises
Supervisors or responsible person nominated by him in charge of the
Premises shall ensure that the Premises, including the car park,
are vacated quietly within 30 minutes of the terminal hour of the
Licence, and that proper supervision of all persons leaving the car
park and otherwise leaving the premises is provided.
15. Conspicuous notices shall be positioned in the car park requesting patrons to make the minimum amount of noise on leaving.
D) The Protection of Children from Harm
1. A “Challenge 25” Policy shall be
implemented in full and appropriate identification sought from any
person who appears to be under the age of 25. The only acceptable
forms of ID are photographic driving licences, passports, HM forces
warrant cards, EU/EEA national ID card or similar document or a
form of identification with the "PASS" hologram.
2. Staff training will include the Challenge 25
Policy and its operation. In particular, staff shall be trained to
take such action as is necessary to prevent the sale of alcohol to
persons over the age of 18 where those customers are engaged in the
distribution of alcohol to persons under the age of 18. The
training must be given to a new member of staff before they
commence employment and all staff must receive refresher training
every 6 months.
3. Notices advising what forms of ID are acceptable
must be displayed.
4. Notices must be displayed in prominent positions indicating that the Challenge 25 policy is in force.
Additionally, the Committee agreed two further conditions, being: