Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Monday, 8th September, 2014 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Julie Zientek  Democratic Services Officer

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillors C Andrew, D Bebbington, S Jones and G Wait.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


In relation to Item 6 – Draft Charitable Collection Policy, Councillors Hardy, Harewood, Parsons, Smetham, Whitley and Wray declared in the interests of openness that they took part in street collections for charities.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with Procedure Rules Nos.11 and 35 a total period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the Committee on any matter relevant to the work of the Committee.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers.


Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.


Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.


There we no members of the public present.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 27 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2014.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2014 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Minutes of Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 22 KB

To receive the minutes of the following meetings:


Licensing Act Sub-Committee


10 January 2014

19 February 2014

18 March 2014 

7 May 2014

16 May 2014

18 July 2014

1 August 2014


General Licensing Sub-Committee


21 January 2014

17 February 2014

17 March 2014

22 April 2014 

6 June 2014 

25 June 2014

7 July 2014

20 August 2014

Additional documents:




That the minutes of the Licensing Act Sub Committee meetings held on 10 January 2014, 19 February 2014, 18 March 2014, 7 May 2014, 16 May 2014, 18 July 2014 and 1 August 2014, and the General Licensing Sub Committee meetings held on 21 January 2014, 17 February 2014, 17 March 2014, 22 April 2014, 6 June 2014, 25 June 2014, 7 July 2014 and 20 August 2014 be received.


Draft Charitable Collection Policy pdf icon PDF 40 KB

To consider a proposed Charitable Collections Policy and the outcome of the consultation exercise.

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The Committee considered a report which sought approval of the Charitable Collections policy.


A draft Charitable Collections Policy had been complied, having regard to the procedures and working practices used in each of the former Boroughs.  The Licensing Committee, at its meeting on 23 May 2013, had considered the draft Policy and subject to minor amendments approved a final draft for consultation.


Consultation on the draft Policy was conducted over a 6 week period - 24 February 2014 to 7 April 2014, via publication on the Council’s website.  The Policy was also forwarded to all Town and Parish Councils by the Council’s Partnerships Team, and to the Council’s Event Safety Advisory Group. 


One response had been received during the consultation period from a member of the public and the Council’s Environmental Health Department had also responded.  A response from Congleton Traders Group had been received following publication of the committee report.


The Committee considered the responses received and proposed that the paragraph 4.9 be amended to say a maximum of 1 charity or 2 under special circumstances shall be allowed to collect within any once locality on any one day.




(1)       the responses to the consultation be noted; and


(2)       the Charitable Collections Policy, as set out at Appendix 1, be adopted, subject to an amendment to paragraph 4.9 changing the maximum number of permits to 1 charity or 2 under special circumstances shall be allowed to collect within any one locality on any one day. The appropriate wording of this amendment to be agreed with the Chairman of the Licensing Committee prior to publication.





Designation of Streets within the Borough for the Purposes of Street Trading pdf icon PDF 43 KB

To consider proposed amendments to the current designation of streets for the purposes of regulating street trading.

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The Committee considered a report which sought approval for amendments to the current designation of streets for the purpose of regulating street trading.


The Committee had previously adopted a harmonised Street Trading Policy at its meeting on 16 July 2013 and a copy of the Policy, which detailed the current designation of streets, was attached to the Appendix 2 to the Report.  It was proposed that the list of designated streets for street trading be amended and Appendix 1 to the Report listed the proposed designated streets. 


Once the Committee had approved the list of designated streets, it was proposed that the Licensing Team would carry out a six week consultation with the relevant stakeholders.  Following completion of the consultation, a further report would be presented to the Committee giving the opportunity for consideration of the responses received, setting out the statutory process for re-designation and seeking authorisation to continue the process.




That the Licensing Team Leader be authorised to consult with relevant stakeholders on the draft street trading designations, as set out in Appendix 1.