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To approve the minutes of the Committee of the Licensing Authority held on 8 July 2015. (copy enclosed).
Members considered the minutes of the meeting held on 8 July 2015. It was noted that at item 6, within the first full paragraph on page 5, the following references were incorrect:
· Both references to PSPO should be replaced by DPPO
· Reference to Cumulative Impact Zone should be replaced by PSPO
The paragraph should therefore be amended to read as follows:
Currently, certain areas within Spalding Town Centre were covered by a DPPO (Designated Public Place Order) which was due to expire in October 2017, it was hoped that a PSPO (Public Spaces Protection Order) would be in place prior to the DPPO’s expiration.
That, subject to the wording of the paragraph at minute item 6 being amended to read as follows, the minutes of the meeting held on 8 July 2015 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record:
‘Currently, certain areas within Spalding Town Centre were covered by a DPPO (Designated Public Place Order) which was due to expire in October 2017, it was hoped that a PSPO (Public Spaces Protection Order) would be in place prior to the DPPO’s expiration’.
Consideration of draft revised Statement of Licensing Policy and refer the final approved Policy to Full Council for adoption ( Report of the Executive Manager Public Protection is enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Public Protection Manager which included a draft revised Statement of Licensing Policy for comment by the Committee, prior to its adoption by full Council.
South Holland District Council is the Licensing Authority under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 for the retail sale of alcohol, the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment within the district.
Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 required the Licensing Authority to prepare and publish a statement of its Licensing Policy at least every five years. The Policy should also be kept under review by the Licensing Authority, and revisions made as considered appropriate. In order to comply with the legislative requirements, the current Statement of Licensing Policy had to be reviewed, revised and published by 7 January 2016. The current Statement of Licensing Policy and the draft revised Licensing Policy were attached to the report at Appendix A and B respectively.
A review of the current statement of Licensing Policy had been completed by the Interim Licensing and Business Support Manager, and this had been consulted on with a required list of persons, as detailed in Section 5(3) of the Licensing Act 2003. A list of consultees was appended to the report at Appendix C.
The Committee was advised that the Home Office had issued guidance in October 2015 on the deregulation of the licensable activity of late night refreshments. A decision to make an exemption for late night refreshment was one that would require inclusion in the statement of Licensing Policy, and be subject to the statutory consultation process. Therefore, in addition to reviewing the draft Licensing Policy, the Committee was asked to also consider whether it wished to make changes with regard to exemptions for late night refreshment.
Councillors considered the information provided, and the following suggested changes were made, in relation to the re-drafted Licensing Policy Statement:
· Reference was made throughout the document to a number of guidance notes and practices that licensees should adopt. The Safer Spalding Good Practice Code for Premises however was not referred to at all, and it should be.
· Section 1.1 - Reference was made to updated census figures however, the size of the area was referred to in square kilometres/miles rather than hectares, as used in the previous Policy. The Interim Licensing and Business Support Manager advised that this was the format that the information had been available in.
· Page numbering was incorrect on the page where Section 4 was laid out.
· Section 5.8, third bullet point – What was meant by ‘levels of door supervision’? It was felt that the wording was too loose and that expectations should be clarified.
· Section 5.17 – ninth bullet point, incorrect spelling. Change from ‘citing’ to ‘siting’.
· Individual points should be numbered rather than using bullet points – this would make them easier to refer to.
· Section 5.19 – ‘When deciding whether ... view the full minutes text for item 9.
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.
The Chairman advised of some information that she felt the Committee would find useful. Members were provided with a copy of both of these issues - Questioning and Lessons from Rotherham. Committee members not at the meeting would be provided with copies.
The Interim Licensing and Business Support Manager reported that, with regard to Safeguarding issues, training was being provided to taxi drivers. Arrangements would be made to provide Committee members with this training so that they were aware of the issues being covered,