July 24, 2024

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Police and Environmental Health concerns over 2024 Shap Beer Festival

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The licensing sub-committee for Westmorland and Furness Council will consider an application from Nigel Lamb for the granting of a premises licence for the Shap Beer Festival on land next to the Kings Arms Hotel.

Mr Lamb has applied to the council for permission to play live music from 12pm to 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and to be open from 12pm to 12am on the same days respectively.

The applicant has stated the beer festival is a three-day annual event and has proposed a number of conditions for the running of the festival.

Conditions include: “All staff will receive Health and Safety training to include emergency procedures prior to the commencement of the event.”

The document adds a challenge 25 scheme will be in operation and S.I.A security will be employed for the event amongst other conditions.

However, Cumbria Constabulary and Environmental Health have objected to the granting of a premises licence.

Documents submitted by the police to the council state: “Eden NPT Licensing are not currently confident or satisfied that the event management will be able to safely or successfully run and manage this event under a Premises Licence, which will notably allow for an increase of attendance from 499 under a TEN (temporary event notice), up to a maximum of 5000 persons.

“We do not believe that granting a Premises Licence on this occasion is appropriate, and respectfully object to this application.

“We respectfully request that the applicant considers submitting a Temporary Event Notice for this event, and if a safe and successful event is achieved, a further Premises Licence application can be considered again for 2025 onwards.”

In response to the premises licence application Cumbria Constabulary state during the 2023 event they responded to ‘several incidents’ and made ‘multiple arrests’.

Documents add: “The event became very resource intensive and required multiple officers to quell violent and disorderly outbreaks.”

The Environmental Health Protection team objected to the granting of the premises licence but state in a response: “Were this application to be a Temporary Event Notice application for one event over three days per annum, the requirements of the Environmental Protection Team would be much reduced.”

Members of the licensing sub-committee for Westmorland and Furness Council will consider the application when they meet on June 20 at Voreda House in Penrith.


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