Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

21.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Cottle-Hunkin, Eastman, Langmead and Wiseman.

 

22.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2018.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor McGeough, seconded by Councillor A Inch and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September be agreed and signed as a correct record, subject to following amendment:

 

Minute 15 – Taxi Rank Issues

 

Any reference to sub-committee be changed to Task & Finish Working Group

 

(Vote: For 5, Abstentions 1)    

 

23.

Declarations of Interests

Members with interests to declare should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is being considered.

Minutes:

Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.

 

24.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

25.

Urgent Matters of Information to be Brought Forward with the Permission of the Chair and the Committee

Minutes:

Taxi Rank Task & Finish Working Group

 

The Lead Licensing Officer advised the Committee that the Taxi Rank Task & Finish Working Group had held a pre-meeting and had visited the area to explore options, including changing the entrance and using Manor Car Park as an additional taxi rank.   A formal meeting, also involving Devon County Council, had not yet taken place but it was hoped this would take place at the beginning of November and a report would be presented at the November Licensing Committee meeting.

 

Update on new Animal Welfare Legislation

 

New legislation had come into force on 1 October which had required a substantial amount of work and a review of fees.  An urgency procedure had been approved and a report will be submitted to the Community & Resources Committee.  

 

The new regulations concentrated on a number of activities relating to dog breeding, dog and cat boarding, pet shops and riding establishments.  Zoos and dangerous wild animals were still governed by the old legislation.  The Lead Licensing Officer elaborated on some of the changes and informed the Committee that lengthy guidance had been provided by DEFRA.  Licensed premises would now receive a star rating, which would have to be displayed on their premises, although there was no requirement for the rating to be advertised elsewhere.

 

It was anticipated that the new legislation would lead to a requirement for more enforcement.

26.

Licensing Act Policy Review pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer reminded Members that the Committee had approved the draft Statement of Licensing Policy at the Licensing Committee held on 31 May 2018.  It had also been agreed that consultation on the draft policy be carried out over a 12 week period.  Only one response to the consultation had been received and a further paragraph had been added to section 3.4 'Prevention of Public Nuisance”.

 

The Committee was informed of amendments relating to Section 8 – “Cumulative Impact” and to antisocial behaviour. 

 

Members discussed the Statement of Licensing Policy further. 

 

·         Clarification was sought on the statistics provided by the National Statistics Office.  It was felt the figures related people in employment but the Lead Licensing Officer will check and confirm.

 

·         The question was raised whether the Authority would have more power to use CCTV footage under the policy.  The Lead Licensing Officer responded that the policy covered CCTV systems on licensed premises rather than the Council’s town centre CCTV.  However, the Authority could enforce the installation of CCTV at any licensed premises should there be a need.

 

·         Members wished to see some additions to the alcohol controls zones designated under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Lead Licensing Officer explained that there was a formal process and consultation requirement before any additions could be made.  He will liaise with the Community Safety and Public Health Lead Officer and forward details of the process to Members.

 

It was proposed by Councillor James, seconded by Councillor McGeough and -

 

Resolved:

 

·         That the revised Statement of Licensing Policy be approved.

·         That the revised policy be presented for formal adoption by Full Council.

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

27.

Consideration of the Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Minutes:

The Forward Plan was reviewed  and updated.