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45.

Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meetings held on:

 

·        17 July 2018

·        02 October 2018 (additional meeting)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

1.     17 July 2018

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee meeting held on 17 July 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

2.     02 October 2018

 

The Minutes of the additional Licensing Committee meeting held on 2 October 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

46.

Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from the Chairman, Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen, Councillor Matthews and Bowes.

 

The Vice-Chairman Councillor Keith Martin chaired the meeting.

47.

Urgent Business (Agenda item 3)

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.

48.

Declaration of Interests (Agenda item 4)

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.

49.

Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting (Agenda item 5)

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

Minutes:

None.

50.

Update on the work relevant to the business of this Committee (Agenda item 6)

Verbal update by Donna Hall, Licensing & Business Support Manager.

Minutes:

Donna Hall, the Licensing & Business Support Manager provided Members with an update and a little background information on the new animal welfare regulations.

 

The Committee had been presented with a report on 28 March 2018 to advise about the new draft Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. The regulations changed the existing licensing regime for animal establishments including animal boarding establishments, dog breeding establishments, pet shops and riding establishments.

 

In 2016 DEFRA consulted on the introduction of new secondary legislation to introduce a single “Animal Establishment Licence”. The stated aim was to “relieve the administrative burden on local authorities, simplify the application and inspection process for businesses, as well as maintain and improve existing animal welfare standards by modernising the current animal licensing system in England.” DEFRA went on to write draft regulations made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

 

Local authorities would be required to submit an annual data return in electronic format to DEFRA on the number of licences and registrations held for the animal activities. The publishing of this information nationally should help to reduce the burden of Freedom of information requests which were common on animal welfare licensing.

 

The new regulations provide for the licensing of persons involved in England in selling animals as pets, providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs, hiring out horses, breeding dogs and keeping or training animals for exhibition. This replaced the requirement in England, to be registered under the Performing Animals (Regulation) act 1925 or to obtain a licence under the Pet Animals Act 1951; the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963; the Riding Establishments Act 1964 or the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

 

The regulations provide for local authorities to be the licensing authorities. Any person wishing to carry on any of these activities in England must obtain a licence from their local authority. Any person carrying on any of these activities without a licence would commit an offence and that person would be liable to imprisonment for up to six months, a fine or both.

 

An additional Licensing Committee meeting had been held in October 2018 where the proposed fees and charges and the proposed delegations of authority were approved.

 

A boarding kennel owner who had attended the previous meeting had raised concerns about the new legislation and how difficult it was to obtain the Ofqual qualification – this was where such businesses, although not compulsory, had to adhere to a number of conditions to obtain a ‘5 star’ qualification.  The Licensing Team had investigated this matter and further guidance from DEFRA was expected in due course.  The Licensing & Business Support Manager had not come across this problem in other animal welfare categories. 

 

Councillor Brame asked if the Council had considered offering a support service to assist such businesses.  Members were informed that Environmental Health Consultancy Service would be extended to incorporate animal welfare.

 

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