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Shoreham Airport’s application for a “Festival” Licence

Hello and welcome to my blog. Straight in again because time is not on your side if you want to comment on Shoreham Airport‘s application for a “Festival” Licence.  Here is the application.

Shoreham Airport
Premises Licence: New Application
Licensing Act 2003
Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport, Lancing, West Sussex, BN43 5FF

Applicant: SJM Ltd
Application date: 6/11/2014
Representation by: 4/12/2014

Reference WK/201410956

Representation invited
No conditions applied

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Airfield
Day
Times
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Max Number: 69,999 persons
Opening Hours (O)

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Sunday
12:00 01:00
Monday
12:00 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 00:00
Thursday
12:00 00:00
Friday
12:00 03:00
Saturday
12:00 03:00

Airfield
Day
Times
Max Number: 69,999 persons
Alcohol OFF Sales/Supply (M)

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Sunday
12:00 00:30
Monday
12:00 23:30
Tuesday
12:00 23:30
Wednesday
12:00 23:30
Thursday
12:00 23:30
Friday
12:00 02:00
Saturday
12:00 02:00

Airfield
Day
Times
Max Number: 69,999 persons
Late Night Refreshment

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Sunday
23:00 01:00
Monday
23:00 00:00
Tuesday
23:00 00:00
Wednesday
23:00 00:00
Thursday
23:00 00:00
Friday
23:00 03:00
Saturday
23:00 03:00

Airfield
Day
Times
Max Number: 69,999 persons
Live Music (E) Recorded Music (F) Exhibit Film (B)

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Sunday
12:00 01:00
Monday
12:00 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 00:00
Thursday
12:00 00:00
Friday
12:00 03:00
Saturday
12:00 03:00

It is an application for an unconditional licence,  so they are not offering to restrict themselves to a maximum stage volume, latest time for any fireworks/light displays, instruct festival goers not to park locally, escort festival goers to and from shuttle buses, etc. 
Conditions can be imposed by the Licensing Authority. 

KEY POINTS:

TRAVELLING / PARKING
     Shuttle buses will be provided to collect festival goers from Brighton, Worthing and Shoreham railways stations. The majority of the shuttle buses will travel on the A27 not the A259 because of the low bridge from the A259 entrance. 
     Applicant is in negotiation with coach and railway companies about transporting festival goers from the airport after the event has ended.
     There will be NO CAR PARKING on Shoreham Airport OR Adur Recreation Ground. Only shuttle buses will be able to park on Adur Rec.
ACCOMMODATION
     There will be NO CAMPING on site.  Festival goers will have to use local B&B’s and campsites like Coombes Farm. 
     Transport will not be provided to either so festival goers will have to make their own way there i.e  if camping at Coombes Farm they will have to drive or walk.
POLICING
     Policing will be by their own SIA registered staff and some Sussex police officers at applicant’s expense
TICKET SALES
     Tickets can be bought for one or both days.
     Ticket will not be sold to under 14 year olds. Those between 14-18 years have to be accompanied and soft drinks will be available.
     Expected ticket sales for 2015 about 25,000, about 70,000 in 2016-17.
     There will be different stages showing different acts at different times.
ANTICIPATED START DATE / CLOSING TIME
     If Licence is granted the first event will be on a weekend in June 2015 – unspecified at this stage.
     There will be a staggered “closing time” as the stages will close at different times.
     Thanks to Adur District Council’s licensing team for providing this information. 

MAKING A REPRESENTATION
     If you would like to comment on the application you need to give your name, address, application to which it refers, (WK/201410956 – SJM Ltd) and reasons for your representation.
    If you want to object it has to be on the grounds of, prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm, (i.e safeguarding and alcohol issues).

You have until MIDNIGHT on 4th DECEMBER 2014 to make representations.
You can email  
Write to            Simon Jones,  Licensing Team Leader 
Adur and Worthing District Licensing Unit,  9 Commerce Way, Lancing BN15 8TA.
Contact your local Councillor. 

Cor, it’s all a bit busy at the moment and remember tonight’s meeting on the Ferry Road Improvement scheme. Thanks for dropping by. 
Ta-ra for now and excuse any typos, time is of the essence. 

6 Responses to Shoreham Airport’s application for a “Festival” Licence

  1. Fantastic news. An event that will really put the town on the map and bring much needed trade and exposure to local businesses.

  2. +1 for 'proper public engagement' and some clear and honest information on what is actually planned.

    A two day annual event could be great for Shoreham – several throughout the year could cause many issues. Whatever your viewpoint we need to ensure there is an honest approach by those applying for the license (not capacity info was emitted from the physical notices posted at Shoreham Airport) and Shoreham's already stretched infrastructure can cope.

  3. Thanks for your comment ASOSR. My concern is about numbers and organisation. I also think that the festival goers are getting a raw deal if there's no parking or camping for them, but then I'm middle-aged so I do comfort.

  4. Hi utwothefly, thanks for your comment. I did wonder myself and spoke to an industry insider who said rave may be a little too strong. Between me and you though, I think it you may be right. Thanks for reading my blog.Take care.

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