Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Thursday, 6th July, 2017 8.10 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding

Contact: Democratic Services  01775 764626

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest to the meeting and leave the room without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a Councillor is permitted to remain and a result of a grant of dispensation.

Minutes:

With regard to agenda item 4, Councillor Carter did not have a disclosable pecuniary interest, but in the interests of transparency declared that she had been involved in an application for a street trading licence in the past.

 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 45 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd March 2017 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23rd March 2017 were signed as a correct record.

3.

Quarterly Licensing Update Report pdf icon PDF 59 KB

A report to update on the work of the Licensing Team in relation to the scope of the Licensing Committee from 1st April to 30th June 2017 (report to follow as statistics not available until week commencing 3rd July 2017).

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager introduced the report of the Executive Manager People and Public Protection to the Committee to update on the work of the Licensing Team in relation to the scope of the Licensing Committee from 1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017, and summarised the following points:

 

The numbers of applications fluctuate throughout year.

 

If the Licencing team had concerns that a taxi driver wasn’t fit for work or of proper conduct they would come before panel or face an immediate revocation. There was a procedure in place for immediate revocations which may occur due to medical reasons or safeguarding concerns. There are currently 168 licenced vehicles, Councillor Chandler asked if that was less than normal? Numbers fluctuated but reduction could be due to vehicles falling under the age specification in the policy.

 

Street trading – policy under review. This work had previously been managed by the Food Health and Safety team, but had now been taken over by the Licencing team. Officers were now targeting unlicensed street traders.

 

The fee structure had been changed previously to take into account seasonal work e.g. ice cream vans.

 

Councillor Drury asked would the policy draw a boundary line where ice cream vans  could work? The consent scheme meant that all roads would be available to trade from in South Holland.

 

Ice cream vans issued with a licence plate with details and expiry date - Assistant Licencing Officer to clarify and provide example.

 

Councillor Carter questioned whether charities should require a street trading licence and not having to pay a fee. The policy covered this and would depend upon the circumstances.

 

DECISION:

 

That the Committee considered the report and noted its contents.

4.

Licensing Panel

To note that in accordance with the Constitution the Licensing Panel has authority:

 

1.    To deal with applications for licenses for Hackney carriages and Private Hire Vehicles, in so far as these are not delegated to officers, and all other licences/permits/registrations etc. detailed at Part B of Schedule 1 of the 2000 regulations in so far as these are not delegated to officers and are not the responsibility of the Committee of the Licensing Authority. 

2.    To deal with applications for performances of Hypnotism, Drinking in Public Places Byelaws: Permits.

3.    To deal with objections to applications for permits for the use of the highway for the provision of facilities for refreshments under Section 115(E) of the Highways Act 1980.

4.    Street Trading.

5.    To consider and determine applications for licenses recommended for refusal, or recommendations for revocation of a licence.

 

The Licensing Panel is made up of 3 members comprising two ordinary members of the Licensing Committee and either the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Licensing Committee and is appointed for each meeting.  However, in exceptional circumstances where both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are unable to sit on a Panel, the Licensing Panel would comprise three Members of the Licensing Committee with the Chairman being elected at the beginning of the hearing for the duration of the hearing only with the said person being fully trained in chairing and licensing issues.

 

If the Licensing Committee wishes to change the terms of reference then a report to Council would be necessary.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Licensing Panel currently comprised 3 Councillors chosen from a pool comprising all of the Licensing Committee members, and each Panel was selected by the Executive Manager Governance on a rotational basis as and when required, but to include either the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Licensing Committee where reasonably possible.

 

Councillors were invited to consider (i) whether the Panel should be re-established for the current municipal year; and (ii) whether any amendment should be made to the terms of reference or composition of the Panel.

 

DECISION:

 

1.    That the Licensing Panel be re-established for the current municipal year; and

2.    That no changes be made to the terms of reference or composition of the Panel.

 

5.

Licensing Update

Licensing and Business Support Manager to be in attendance to provide an update on the functions that fall under the remit of the Licensing Committee. 

 

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager confirmed that there were no further updates other than what was mentioned in agenda item 4.

 

6.

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.

 

 

NOTE:            No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency. 

Minutes:

There were no other items for discussion.