Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

21.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the Committee.

Minutes:

Councillor Bill Amos for Councillor Stafford.

Councillor Stephen Hodgson for Councillor Lucy Hodgson.

22.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

23.

Public Representations

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

None.

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Of the meeting held on 9th December 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

Referencing minute 15 the Chairman was asked again about a report on CCTV which had not yet been brought to Committee. The Chairman responded that the Task and Finish group were progressing and a recommendation report would come to Licensing and Environmental Health Committee soon. Members raised that the National Task and Finish Group had already produced 15 recommendations. The Chairman recommended an update report be brought to the June meeting.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 9th December 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

25.

Licensing Act 2003 - Review of Cumulative Impact Policy pdf icon PDF 115 KB

1.           Committee note the contents of this report and in particular the results of the public consultation exercise attached at Appendix 1;

2.           Committee endorse the draft Cumulative Impact Assessment attached at Appendix 2, and the revised Statement of Licensing Policy at Appendix 3,  and

3.           Committee recommend the revised Statement of Licensing Policy (which will incorporate the draft Cumulative Impact Assessment) to full Council for Approval

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the review of the Council’s special policy on Cumulative Impact under the Licensing Act 2003 following a public consultation on the draft Cumulative Impact Assessment and revised Cumulative Impact Policy. The Senior Practitioner – Licensing presented the report and summarised the main points.

 

A public consultation on the draft Cumulative Impact and revised Cumulative Impact policy was carried out between 31st December 2019 and 25th February 2020. A total of twenty three responses to the consultation were received by the Council. The majority of responses agreed with the findings of the CIA and supported the amendments to the CIP.

 

In response to a question raised by Members regarding the low number of responses to the consultation, Officers advised that the consultation was published on the Council website and promoted via social media and in the Worcester News.

 

Members discussed the inclusion of the data statistics from Public Health England as public health is not a licensing objective. Officers advised the statistics were relevant to include as Public Health England is a consultee. However, it was proposed that the next review should aim to refocus the statistics provided in order not to create a false impression of health related problems in the cumulative impact zone, whilst maintaining the Council’s overarching responsibility of public protection.

 

Members discussed the importance of making the city centre safe to visit and work in. The Vice-Chair proposed a report on the fair employment charter be brought to Committee. Members supported the proposal and encouraged multi agency approach to tackle problem venues that are highlighted by the revised CIP.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:

 

1. note the contents of this report and in particular the results of

the public consultation exercise attached at Appendix 1;

 

2. endorse the draft Cumulative Impact Assessment attached at

Appendix 2 and the revised Statement of Licensing Policy at Appendix 3; and

 

3. recommend the revised Statement of Licensing Policy (which

will incorporate the draft Cumulative Impact Assessment) to full Council for

Approval.

26.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

Councillor Johnson referred to a meeting of the Licensing-Sub Committee were a vehicle required approval from the Sub-Committee as the engine size was lower than specified within the Council’s policy. The Chair agreed the policy needed to be reviewed as a whole and that it is being reviewed in the Taxi Task and Finish Group which will produce a final set of recommendations to be approved by Committee.

 

Councillor Cronin noted the reduced Agenda and asked some standing items had not been included. The Chair responded that in consultation with the Vice-Chair it was decided that the minutes of the Taxi Forum as well as the report of the Licensing Sub-Committee were no longer required as a standing item. The Chair advised that the Taxi Forum minutes would be circulated to Members via other means and could be raised at Committee via Chair or Vice-Chair where appropriate.