Venue: The Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contact: Committee Services
To confirm the Minutes of the meetings held on 13 December 2006.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2006 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Apologies (Agenda item 2)
To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Mr A Byrne, Mr D Myers, Mrs M Chapman-Allen and Mrs K Millbank. The Chairman stated that he would be sending an email to the Members who had not conveyed their apologies.
Report of the Operations Manager – Environment.
The Principal Environmental Health Officer presented the report which advised of the outcome of consultation on the review of the Council’s Licensing Policy.
It was a requirement of the Licensing Act 2003 that the revised Licensing Policy be adopted by January 2008.
A copy of Breckland’s Licensing Policy which had been adopted in 2005 had been attached at Appendix A of the report.
Members were being asked to approve the minor revisions of the Licensing Policy subject to the comments shown in Appendix C of the report.
It was explained that the more obvious amendments required, such as staff name changes and the inclusion of a new photograph of the present Licensing Committee Chairman, would be added.
The Committee was informed that the Licensing Team had consulted various stakeholders, as required by the Licensing Act, and had also carried out further consultation that had incorporated a wider range of consultees. Numerous letters had been sent out to the consultees but only nine written responses had been received (as shown at Appendix C of the report). The Principal Environmental Health Officer advised that the review had been discussed with other local authorities in Norfolk where it had been found that the response to their consultations had been very similar.
A number of the responses related to the lengthy and complicated processes involved for smaller businesses, village halls and charitable organisations applying for a licence.
Members were advised that the process of applying for a licence was not related to the Policy but was determined by regulations as set by central government under the Licensing Act.
The Principal Environmental Health Officer informed the Committee that the Licensing Act was currently being reviewed and that any comments received from Local Authorities would be considered.
The response received with regard to the impact of temporary event notices on charitable organisations and village halls would be included in the Licensing Act review.
The comments received with regard to the extension of hours did not relate to the Licensing Policy, but was the responsibility of the Licensing Sub-Committee.
As far as the lack of partnership working was concerned, the Principal Environmental Health Officer felt that this comment was unfair as the Licensing Team had, on a number of occasions, arranged and attended numerous meetings for the voluntary and community sectors of Breckland.
Further concerns raised by Members related to the cost of licensing applications.
The Chairman felt that the consultees deserved a response from the Principal Environmental Health Officer informing them that their comments had been acknowledged.
A Member made reference to Barnsley’s Metropolitan Borough Council’s Licensing Policy with regard to planning/licensing decisions and asked whether it had been seen and whether Breckland Council would be using some of its material. In response, the Committee was informed that Chris Hepher of Steeles Solicitors had given advice on this matter, as contained in the policy drafted by Barnsley Council, and had suggested that Breckland’s policy be re-worded to assist applicants understand this dual role. The ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
The Licensing Team Service Plan for 2007/08 was approved and adopted by the General Purposes Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, 7 November 2007.
The report and appendices are for information only.
The Licensing Team Service Plan for 2007/08 had been approved and adopted by the General Purposes Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, 7 November 2007.
The Plan had been included on the Licensing Agenda for Members information.
Members were asked to refer to paragraph 3.1.1 of the Plan which highlighted the amount of Licensing applications that had been received by the team during 2005/06.
A Member referred to the complaints received at paragraph 3.3 of the Plan. The Principal Environmental Health Officer confirmed that the Team did not receive many complaints and that the aforementioned paragraph at 3.1.1 was much greater than the latter.
Date of Next Meeting (Agenda item 8)
To note that the next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.
The next meeting would be held on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room.
In regard to the next meeting, the Principal Environmental Health Officer advised that Inspector Chris Spinks of Norfolk Constabulary had offered to attend the meeting to discuss with Members a new project called ‘Night Safe’.