Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing and Safety Committee - Friday, 11 November 2022 2.30pm

Venue: Meeting Room 9 - Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR

Contact: Stephen Platt, Democratic Services Officer 

Media

Items
No. Item

359.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Carr, Griffin, Kemp and Mahil.

360.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 203 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 18 October 2022.

Minutes:

The record of the meeting held on 18 October 2022 was agreed by the Committee and signed by the Chairman.

361.

Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 

Minutes:

There were none. 

362.

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct. Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.

Minutes:

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other significant interests (OSIs)

 

There were none.

 

Other interests

 

There were none.

363.

Draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2023 - 2028 pdf icon PDF 193 KB

To present members with a draft of the revised Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 and the proposed consultation methodology.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Discussion:

 

The Committee considered a report which provided details of an updated Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003, for which approval was sought for public consultation.

 

The Licencing Manager advised that, when redrafting the policy statement, officers had taken account of the concerns expressed by Committee members at the meeting held on 18 October. A table of the proposed amendments had been produced and his would be included in the consultation documents for reference. The weblinks within the policy statement had been corrected and the personal email links replaced with generic ones.

 

The Licensing Manager said that, although Appendices 4, 5 and 6 remained within the policy statement at Appendix A to the report, officers were still recommending their removal as these referred to Mandatory Conditions, Suggested Conditions and Good Practice Guide, all of which were subject to change from time to time.

 

It was noted that the consultation period had been extended from 6 to 8 weeks, to make allowance for the fact that it included the Christmas period.

 

The Committee thanked officers for making the requested amendments so quickly. It was requested that the date of the ward map at the beginning of the document be checked, and also that consideration be given to including weblinks that were suitable for the paper version and not just the electronic version. Officers also agreed to further proof-read the document to remove minor spelling and grammatical errors.  

 

Decision:

 

1.      The Committee authorised officers to place the draft policy at Appendix A of the report, with Appendices 4, 5 and 6 removed, on the Council’s website, advertise and consult with all relevant interested parties listed in Appendix C of the report.

 

2.      The Committee agreed that the results of the consultation be reported back to the Licensing and Safety Committee together with a revised draft Statement of Licensing Policy, prior to recommendation to Full Council for approval.