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Declaration of interests
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 ad a result of a grant of dispensation.
There were no declarations of interest.
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2017 (copy enclosed).
The minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2016 were signed as a correct record.
To provide an update on activities relating to the work of the Licensing Authority (report of the Executive Manager – People and Public Protection is enclosed).
The Licensing and Business Support Manager introduced the report which provided an update on activities relating to the work of the Committee of the Licensing Authority.
It was confirmed that the high proportion of annual fees was effectively renewals.
The Chairman congratulated the team on the processing time for TEN’s applications.
Councillor Chandler congratulated the Licensing Team and the Committee members on their work on the Panels and added that the police held the Panels in high regard.
The online facility had been given a soft introduction and the team were happy with how it was working and further promotion on the website would follow.
To provide an update on the review of Licensed Premises in South Holland and the need for a Cumulative Impact Policy. This report is a continuation from the report considered at the Committee of the Licensing Authority meeting on 18th October (report of the Executive Manager – People and Public Protection is enclosed.)
The Licensing and Business Support Manager provided an update on the review of Licensed Premises in South Holland and the need for Cumulative Impact Policy.
Key points from the discussion were as follows:
· There was limited intelligence available in relation to alcohol related harm linked to specific premises in South Holland;
· A Task and Finish Group was set up by the Substance Misuse Board county wide – this would give a more joined up focus looking at how we can improve information sharing;
· The Cumulative Impact Policy was a tool designed to address specific circumstance in the locality where there was a saturation of licensed premises within an area causing issues. The original review was to deal with alcohol abuse in town attributed to the rapid increase of licensed premises in town at that time. It was noted that there had now been a decline in the number of licensed premises in the town;
· The law stated that you should also consider other activities;
· Other interventions were now in place and would continue to be in place;
· A Public Space Protection Order was now in place;
· There was continued work with the police and continued building on the sharing of information through the County Task Group;
(a) That officers be thanked for their work to date;
(b) That at present it was acknowledged that the situation had changed in town and at this time it wasn’t considered necessary to proceed with work to introduce a Cumulative Impact Policy.
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 the Committee that she had received an email from Julie Grant whose mother had passed away in a house fire caused by an illegal cigarette that didn’t extinguish. The Chairman read the details of the email to the Committee. The Licensing and Business Support Manager advised the Committee that she had a meeting with Trading Standards shortly to consider further joined up work on illegal tobacco.
Members were advised of a training opportunity that had arisen on 20 February at Breckland Council offices.