Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Monday, 7th November, 2016 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Julie Zientek  Democratic Services Officer

Link: Audio recording

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors S Davies and L Smetham.

2.

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.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no members of the public present.

 

4.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

5.

Minutes of Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To receive the minutes of the following meetings:

 

Licensing Act Sub-Committee

 

6 April 2016

18 April 2016

12 May 2016

2 June 2016

7 June 2016

1 August 2016

5 August 2016

15 August 2016

 

General Licensing Sub-Committee

 

10 March 2016

6 April 2016

13 May 2016

1 July 2016

25 August 2016

21 September 2016

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the following meetings be received:

 

(a)  Licensing Act Sub-Committee meetings held on:

 

6 April 2016

18 April 2016

12 May 2016

2 June 2016

7 June 2016

1 August 2016

5 August 2016

15 August 2016

 

(b)  General Licensing Sub-Committee meetings held on:

 

10 March 2016

6 April 2016

13 May 2016

1 July 2016

25 August 2016

21 September 2016

 

6.

Review of Licensing Fees and Charges for the Financial Year 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To consider a report seeking approval for the review of the licensing fees and charges for the issuing and renewal of licenses, consents and permits issued by the Licensing Team.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report regarding a review of the fees and charges for the issuing and renewal of licenses, consents and permits issued by the Licensing Team.

 

A number of fees were set by statute, while others could be set by Local Authorities in order to cover the cost of administration, compliance and some elements of enforcement.  Where the Council had the discretion to set fees, they were subject to review. The current Locally Set Fees had remained at current levels for several years due to efficiency savings that had alleviated most budgetary pressures.  Following a comprehensive evaluation, three increases were proposed which would enable the service to recover operating costs.

 

RESOLVED

 

(a)       That the fees payable as set out in appendix A to the report be approved.

 

That, in respect of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing, the Licensing Team Leader be authorised to publish the fees in accordance with the relevant legislative provisions.

7.

Consideration of the Late Night Levy by the Licensing Working Group pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider a report regarding the findings of the working group tasked with considering the Late Night Levy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report outlining the findings of the Licensing Committee Working Group, which had been formed to consider whether the Council should consider imposing a Late Night Levy as a means of reducing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption within the Cheshire East area.

 

The Working Group had met with, and considered information provided by, a number of key stakeholders, including Cheshire Police, the Council’s Public Health Team, licence holders and trade representatives.

 

The Working Group had identified a number of possible options in addition to the Late Night Levy, including Early Morning Restriction Orders, Designated Public Place Orders, voluntary and best practice schemes, and the review of licensed premises.

 

The Licensing Team Leader reported that, as recommended by the Working Group, prior to the adoption of the Council’s next Statement of Licensing Policy, any policy review would consider areas that may benefit from designation as a ‘Cumulative Impact Area’.  Licensing officers would also continue to support the police in promoting and extending their Arc Angel project.  In addition, the team would contribute to the work being undertaken across Cheshire and Merseyside with respect to the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing.

 

RESOLVED –That the implementation of the Late Night Levy or an Early Morning Restriction Order is not appropriate at this time.