Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: The Breckland Conference Centre, Anglia Room, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE

Contact: Democratic Services 


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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2022.


The Minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2022 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Councillor Mark Kiddle-Morris abstained from voting on these Minutes as he was not in attendance at this meeting.


Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bowes, Dowling and Wickerson.


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.





Declaration of Interest (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.



None declared.


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

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





Quarterly Team Update Report (Agenda item 6)

Josie Hoven, Senior Licensing Officer.


The Senior Licensing Officer provided Members with the following updates:


Licensing Act 2003:


Following information received from the public, a visit was carried out on a premises in Attleborough by the Police and the Senior Licensing Officer where illegal sized vapes were found and a few minor infringements regarding the display of their licence. Information and bodycam footage was passed to Norfolk Trading Standards who visited the premises shortly after and seized a very large quantity of illegal vapes. Further information was awaited on whether a review would be forthcoming.


Safety Advisory Group:


A Safety Advisory Group wash-up session was taking place shortly via Teams – all partners had been invited to attend this session along with the event organisers/licence holders.


Temporary Event Notices (TENs):


The number of Temporary Event Notices were highlighted:


Jan – Dec 2022 = 334

Jan – Dec 2021 = 184

Jan – Dec 2020 = 81

Jan – Dec 2019 = approximately 240


Animal Welfare:


Banham Zoo’s updated licence had been issued by formal presentation by Councillor Helen Crane, the Executive Member for Licensing and the Chairman of the Licensing Committee/Committee of the Licensing Authority, Councillor Marion Chapman-Allen.


The Animal Welfare Officer had served a variation to one licence holder reducing the number of animals allowed due to investigation into complaints received regarding home boarding. The licence holder had already rectified some of the issues and could now apply for a re-inspection.  There would be a fee incurred of £185 for the re-inspection to establish whether original numbers of animals could be re-instated.


Complaints in respect of a dog breeder had been followed up by the Animal Welfare Officer where an unannounced visit had been carried out that resulted in the licence holder agreeing that they were no longer able to meet the required minimum standards to be licensed.  An agreement had been reached to rehome most of the dogs, some had been kept as pets, and they had surrendered the licence.


The Animal Welfare Officer had also organised and chaired a third meeting of the Norfolk (East Anglia) Animal Welfare officers forum that had been started by Breckland Council. The Leader, Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen had opened the meeting – providing an address on the importance of animal welfare and the work undertaken by Local Authorities in this area. A representative from the Kennel Club gave a presentation and answered many questions from the group.   Two representatives from Street Vets provided a presentation on the invaluable work this project carried out. Street Vets started this project in Norwich after seeing such work carried out in other cities across the country. Vets and assistants gave their time free of charge to gointo the city and offer the homeless persons with pets a free service to check their dogs, cats and any other animals they had, providing flea, worming and any other medications needed all free of charge. Street Vets were supported by vet practices and companies that supplied vets with various equipment offered, not only  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6/23


Training Requirements (Agenda item 7)

General discussion.


None required.


Feedback and Discussion on recent Panel Meetings (if any) (Agenda item 8)


This had already been mentioned under Agenda item 6.


Next Meeting (Agenda item 9)

To note the arrangements for the next meeting to be held on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 at 10am in the Anglia Room.


The arrangements for the next meeting on Wednesday, 22 March 2023 at 10am in the Anglia Room were noted.