Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
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8/19

Minutes pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

9/19

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowes and Dowling and Dale.

10/19

Urgent Business

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.

 

Minutes:

None.

11/19

Declaration of Interest

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

None.

12/19

Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Alison Webb and Councillor Jane James.

13/19

Update on Committee Training

Verbal update by the Chairman and the Licensing and Business Support Manager.

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager, Donna Hall confirmed there would be training for Committee Members in early 2020. The training would be delivered by the Environmental Health Consultancy, an in house training consultancy provider. This will be the APLH Personal Licence Course which is a statutory requirement for Personal Licence Holders. Dates would be circulated in the near future.

14/19

Feedback and Discussion on recent Panel Meetings (if any)

Minutes:

The Chair expressed her gratitude to Members for their enthusiasm in putting themselves forward to sit on the Licensing Hearing Panels.

15/19

Cumulative Impact Policy in Thetford pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Report of Donna Hall, Licensing & Business Support Manager.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager presented the report and asked Members to consider whether Breckland Council should adopt the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) as part of the Statutory Licencing Act Policy.

 

The Licensing and Business Support Manager explained currently by Law if Breckland Council received an application for a Premises Licence, unless any objection was received by the relevant responsible authorities or person, the Licence would be issued. With the introduction of the CIP there would be a requirement for any applicant to explain how they would uphold the Licensing Objectives which were preventing crime and disorder, public safety, preventing public nuisance and protecting children from harm. If any objection was received the application would be heard at a Licensing Panel where the applicant would have the opportunity to prove they could uphold the objectives and if the Panel were not satisfied the Panel could agree not to grant the licence.

 

The CIP would take each application on a case by case basis and if the policy was adopted it would mean more scrutiny would be given to each application and more ownership from the business that they would agree to trade responsibly.

 

The CIP would be predominantly for new businesses and variations to existing Licences and if agreed would require a 12 week consultation period. Comments would be referred back to committee to be ratified and approved.

 

The Council had been asked to consider the adoption of the CIP as a request from the Safer Thetford Action Group (STAG) and Norfolk Police as they believed it would enable officers to be better equipped to deal with issues like street drinking. 

 

The STAG Chairman, Mac Macdonald explained street drinking had become a real issue with additional consequences of anti-social behaviour. The majority of the issues could be linked to cheap alcohol sales from off-licences and they hoped to work closely with Breckland Council and local licensees to tackle the issues.

 

Sgt Simon Jones from Norfolk Police was in charge of a small team to help tackle the issues of street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the Thetford and Attleborough areas. He confirmed that street drinking was a real issue within Thetford Town Centre that had many consequences. Currently Community Protection Warnings and Criminal Behaviour Orders could be issued. He went on to advise that they had set up an Operation called Operation Dismount to deal with the problems and seen a slight reduction but the problem still continued. One main issue had been with off-sales premises selling cheap imported single sales of premium lager of 7% to 9% alcoholic content. Sgt Jones felt more work was needed with local Councillors, support services, referrals and at a Government level but felt if the CIP could be adopted it would be a step in the right direction of tackling some of the sales issues and going forward in adopting a multifaceted approach.

 

The Communities and Environmental Services Manager, Steve James explained Breckland Council had put in place a Public Spaces Protection  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15/19

16/19

Next Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 in the Norfolk Room immediately following the Licensing Committee.

Minutes:

The arrangements for the next meeting on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 were duly noted.

 

N.B. Subsequent to the meeting, the above meeting date was postponed and will now take place at 10am, Tuesday 28 January 2020, in the Norfolk Room, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE.