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Contact: Clare Weaser
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 7 May 2019 be confirmed and signed.
Councillor Howard declared a non- pecuniary interest as a ward member for Downham which has links with Beckenham Place Park.
Councillor Hordijenko declared a non- pecuniary interest because Beckenham Place Park is in Bellingham ward; she is one of the ward members for Bellingham.
3.1 The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and introductions were made. He then invited Ms Spall to introduce the application.
3.2 Ms Spall said that members were being asked to consider the application for a new premises licence sought by Kieran Clancy. She outlined the application and said that if granted, the event would take place annually on the last Saturday in July, in perpetuity. Six representations had been received from local residents on the grounds of prevention of public nuisance. Ms Spall then outlined the options open to members of the Committee.
3.3 Mr Clancy said that along with his management team, they have vast experience organising and producing music festivals in London and elsewhere. Along with Danny Clancy, under their other company Krankbrother Ltd, they have produced three outdoor festivals in London which have taken place in Haringey and Hackney. Mr Butterfield, operations manager, is one of the co-founders of Love box and spent 13 years as manager there. He also managed a lot of the outreach work. Production Manager Sean McNally was also production manager for Glastonbury and Love Box and many more events across the U.K.
3.4 Mr Clancy said that the application is for a Jazz festival. He said that with ticketing platforms, there is very accurate data about the people buying tickets. The average age for ticket buyers so far is 32 years; which is significantly older than most other London festivals. 55% of these ticket buyers are from South London, 20 % from Lewisham and 10% Bromley. A large percentage of the artists are from South London.
3.5 Mr Clancy said that 150 free tickets will be given to the local community; this number may increase nearer to the event. 1500 letters have been sent to local residents advising them about the event and asking for their comments. Organisers received 200 positive emails requesting tickets; one resident expressed concerns but still wanted a ticket.
3.6 Event Management and Plans for Safety have been submitted to the Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG). They have been adjusted and the licensing officers and ESAG agree with the plans. Licensing objectives have been discussed; there is a robust set of conditions and these have been agreed with the Police and licensing authority. Mr Clancy considers that all the concerns raised by residents have been addressed within the licensing objectives.
3.7 Mr Clancy said that one of the main area of concern for residents is management of noise. This has been discussed a great deal; Vanguardia, a top acoustic management team, have produced a report on this and plans have been agreed with the Senior Environmental Protection Officer. Noise levels during the festival will not exceed the agreed levels. If a high number of complaints is received from a particular area, staff will respond to that and make sure that the agreed levels have not been exceeded.
3.8 Another concern residents have is regarding protection of children from harm. Children under 18 years will ... view the full minutes text for item 12.