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Venue: Committee Room 1 & 2, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

Contact: Democratic Services  Committee Manager

No. Item


Appointment of a Chair



Declarations of Interest


No declarations of interest were made.


Meeting Procedure



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The Senior Technical Officer presented the report and outlined the application to consider a variation of the premises licence to supply alcohol on the premises from 11:00 to 22:00 on Monday – Thursday, from 11:00 – 23:00 on Friday and Saturday and 12:00 – 22:00 on Sunday. The premises currently had a licence that permits the supply of alcohol from 17:00 to 22:00 on Monday – Thursday, from 11:00-23:00 on Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 – 22:00 on Sunday which was granted in 2017.


Member Questions


The Senior Technical Officer made the following statements in response to Members’ questions:

  i.  There had been no noise complaints from previous events so officers assumed residents had no concerns.

  ii.  Licensed premises were routinely inspected to ensure they complied with conditions.

  iii.  The Museum of Technology had not yet been inspected, so Officers would check licence conditions had been met when they visited. Officers would assume conditions were complied with (before inspection) unless they received evidence to the contrary.

  iv.  Premises were inspected based on a program of risk. The Museum of Technology was seen as low risk.

  v.  Noted Member’s reference to noise issues in Appendix C of the Officer’s report, but re-iterated there had been no noise complaints for previous events. Retrospective complaints had been received in response to the current application.


Other Persons


The Committee received a representation in objection to the application from a local resident.


The representation covered the following issues:

  i.  Noise concerns.

a.  The museum was unique as it had a licence for amplified music although located next to a residential street. Expressed concern that extending the licence would extend amplified sound usage.

b.  The current licence holder was more considerate than the previous one so events were less intrusive.

c.  Expressed concern there appeared to be no limit on the amount of noise that could be produced on site.

  ii.  Communication with the Museum.

a.  There was no number to call in case of problems with museum events.

b.  People had difficulty contacting the local authority, so may have been deterred from logging noise concern calls with the council.

c.  Expressed concern that Temporary Event Notices (TENs) may allow third parties to have their own events that would not affect the museum (as the main licence holder) if there were any repercussions. IE the museum would not be penalised.


Member Questions


In response to Members’ questions the member of the public was unable to confirm how many neighbours had contacted environmental health services about museum noise issues.


The Chair asked the resident to ask neighbours to register any noise concerns with environmental health services or their ward councillors so they could be logged. The Chair said the application today was to consider the museum licence extension. General issues should be logged with environmental health services.


Environmental Health & Licensing Support Officer


The Environmental Health & Licensing Support Officer made the following points:

  i.  No complaints had been received to date.

  ii.  Issues in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19/4/Lic