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Before the meeting formally commenced at the request of the Chair, the Panel’s Senior Legal Officer advised of the procedure that would be followed during this meeting. The Chair then introduced herself and invited those present to do the same.
Apologies for absence
No apologies for absence were received.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest were made.
The Licensing Panel met to determine an application for the review of the Premises Licence granted under the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of the premises known as The Grove Nightclub, 42 The Grove, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1DP.
The Senior Licensing Officer gave a brief overview of the current Premises Licence and background information in relation to The Grove Nightclub.
On 16 May 2019 an application for a review of the licence under Section 51 of the 2003 Act was received from a Senior Environmental Health Officer of the Borough in relation to the Licensing Objective of the Prevention of Public Nuisance which related to noise directly associated with the operation of the premises causing excessive and regular disturbance to the occupiers of nearby residential properties.
The Senior Environmental Health Officer addressed the Panel setting out the three main strands of evidence collected, as set out in the report, as follows:
1. A summary of the representations received from 8 complainants some of which provided additional evidence of sound recordings and video clips.
2. A specialist digital noise recorder had been installed at the address of one of the complainants to get an idea of the noise levels being experienced. It was noted that World Health Organisation Guidance advised that noise over 45 decibels would either disturb or wake a person denying them a good night’s sleep.
3. Officers had also gathered direct evidence by being present at the address during some of the recordings.
The Licensing Panel was played some of the recordings. The owner, managers and other members of staff of The Grove had previously claimed that much of the noise was caused by people returning to their homes from premises in the town centre and that the noise was not associated with customers of The Grove. Council officers had not found any evidence that this was the case.
Following a question from the Chair, the officer confirmed that it was possible to control the base level in recorded music and most venues had equipment which enabled the trimming of all frequencies. It was noted that the Door Supervisors would also have to shout over the base to make themselves heard.
The customers leaving The Grove would also be affected by the high volume levels and, for a short while, would consider it normal to converse at high volume until their hearing adjusted. The Panel noted that it was very difficult to manage what happened outside the premises.
The Panel was also apprised, and were given evidence of, noise disturbance being caused by the consumption of alcohol outside licensed hours which took place at the premises sometimes in the Ruby Room (also subject to the conditions of the licence), after The Grove had officially closed and the door supervisors had left for the night.
The Panel was advised that a number of meetings had taken place with staff of The Grove including with the owner, Mr Edward Kerr. The last face to face meeting with Mr Kerr had ... view the full minutes text for item 32.