Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Wednesday, 14 October 2015 6.30 pm

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Apologies and substitutions


Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Nichols, with the substitution of Councillor Bill authorised in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 38 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 26 August 2015.


It was moved by Councillor Cartwright, seconded by Councillor Hodgkins and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 26 August be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from Members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.


No interests were declared at this stage.


Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Principles pdf icon PDF 115 KB

This report is brought to the committee post-consultation and members are asked to consider the report a recommend to Council for adoption.

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Members gave consideration to the Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) in light of the recent consultation exercise and prior to adoption by Council. It was moved by Councillor Cope, seconded by Councillor Cartwright and


RESOLVED – the Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) be endorsed and RECOMMENDED to Council for approval.


Late Night Levy pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Following a request at the previous meeting to give consideration to the Late Night Levy later in the year, and the resolution of Council that the matter be considered prior to approving the Statement of Licensing Policy, members are asked to give consideration to this report and give direction.


Following a request at the previous meeting, members received a report on the Late Night Levy power under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. It was reported that, whilst the authority would receive 30% (and the Police 70%) of any levy, it would have to be spent on the night-time economy. It was further reported that the Police were not recommending introduction of a levy as the current situation was manageable. Members were reassured that the decision on this matter did not affect approval of the Statement of Licensing Policy by Council.


The possibility of introducing a levy for those premises remaining open after 3am only was discussed, and it was agreed that, should the need for such a levy become apparent, the times could be agreed by the Council.


It was proposed by Councillor Cartwright and seconded by Councillor Hall that the Late Night Levy be not pursued as they did not wish to damage the night time economy by imposing additional charges and the Police did not feel it necessary.


Councillor Cartwright proposed an amendment that the matter be revisited if necessary after six months, however upon receiving officer advice that there were provisions to do this under the Constitution anyway so a motion was not necessary, he withdrew his amendment. It was therefore unanimously


RESOLVED – the Late Night Levy be not pursued.