Team makes sure events are enjoyable for everyone
Our environmental protection team at South Holland District Council provides a dedicated and committed service in the district, working towards improving and protecting the public health of all our residents across a range of areas.
They monitor and regulate a wealth of important health matters, including air quality, light nuisance, odour nuisance, contaminated land and noise nuisances, to name just a few.
As well as monitoring South Holland day-to-day for any of these risks, the team also has to make assessments on any temporary events for licensable activities in the district.
A Temporary Event Notice is required by a venue or group which intends to carry out a licensable activity on unlicensed premises or who wish to operate outside the terms of their existing premises licence or club premises certificate.
These legal applications ask for a variety of details about the event, including the proposed entertainment and provision of refreshments, the times and dates these will be taking place, and any proposals the organisers have in place to minimise the risk of contravening any of the licensing objectives.
Once this application has been submitted, our environmental protection team has a statutory function to assess the details quickly and accurately in order to decide whether they wish to make a representation or if there are any points requiring clarification from the applicant.
Only the police and environmental protection can make a representation to a temporary event notice, if they have any concerns around any of the following four licensing objectives:
The prevention of crime and disorder
The prevention of public nuisance
The protection of children from harm.
An example of this process is Spalding Beer Festival’s recent application to have amplified music during the event on the field at Castle Sports Complex.
This is a fantastic event for the town and the wider district and we are fully supportive of this and the great work it does to attract people to the town, entertain residents and raise invaluable fund for local charities.
When the details of the live music plans were received, the council’s concern was to hear which strategies were in place to prevent the impact of noise nuisance on local residents during the event, due to a change from previous applications, making the move from acoustic to amplified music on the playing field.
A hearing made clear that there were plans in place to address these concerns and the application was granted, rather than asking the organisers to reapply with these further details.
Now that these issues have been resolved, we look forward to working closely with the event organisers to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully for everyone.
It is the job of the team to ask these questions and it is always great to hear when organisers or venues have the right answers.
As a council, we welcome any events which are positive for the district and community and a vital part of this is making sure they are safe and offer a great experience for all.