Agenda/Speakers:

1.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.  MINUTES

  • To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the Licensing
  • Committee meeting held on 2 December 2020 and the Extraordinary meeting held on
  • 22 December 2020.
  •  
  • 2020-12-02-lec-licensing-committee-minutes
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  • 2020-12-22-lec-licensing-committee-minutes

3.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS

  • Items of other business notified under Council Procedure
  • Rule 30 to be announced, together with the special circumstances that justify
  • their consideration as a matter of urgency. 
  • The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

4.  DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

  • To receive any declarations of interest.

5.  LICENSING ACT 2003 – STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY 2021-2026

  • The Licensing Act 2003 (as amended) (“the 2003 Act”)
  • requires that all licensing authorities should issue a Statement of Licensing
  • Policy and keep it under review every 5 years, making revisions to it, at such
  • times, as it considers appropriate.
  •  
  •  The Licensing
  • Authority’s Statement of Licensing Policy (“the Policy”) was initially agreed
  • on 14 December 2010 (for 2011-2016) and then reviewed and re-published in its
  • updated form on 7 January 2016 (for 2016-2021). The previous review in
  • 2015/2016 took into account a number of changes to the Act and revised guidance
  • from the Home Office issued under section 182 of the Act (highlighted later
  • within the report). The current Policy is attached at Appendix A.
  •  
  • 05-21-02-10-li-statement-of-licensing-policy-2021-2026
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  • appendix-a-current-statement-of-licensing-policy
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  • On 2 December 2020 a report informed Members of the
  • Licensing Committee that due to limited department resources coupled with
  • workload pressures and the Coronavirus pandemic, Officers had not been able to
  • complete the review and undertake the necessary public consultation in time for
  • its adoption before the current policy expires on 7 January 2021 (Appendix B).
  •  
  • appendix-b-licensing-committee-report-1.pdf (pdf)
  •  
  • At this December Committee Members agreed to continue to
  • adopt the current Policy while following an agreed timetable (referred to as
  • ‘timescale for implementation’) up until 18 May to co-inside with Annual
  • Council, measures which sought to treat the identified risk of a legal
  • challenge.
  •  
  • Following the December Committee, Officers agreed that a
  • quicker timescale for implementation was possible and this was reflected in the
  • amended recommendation at Full Council on 8 December 2020 (see Appendix C).
  •  
  • appendix-c-revised-schedule-of-implementation-of-amended-policy
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  • Officers completed a review in accordance with the 2003 Act
  • taking into account latest guidance and other relevant considerations. At the
  • Extraordinary Licensing Committee on 22 December 2020, Members agreed to minor
  • amendments to the draft Policy and a public consultation. Appendix D provides a
  • draft of the proposed consultation document with all proposed changes
  • incorporated, subject to approval.
  •  
  • appendix-d-consultation-document-statement-of-licensing-policy-2021-2026
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  • From 23 December 2020 Officers commenced a 6 week public
  • consultation which expires on 3 February 2021.

6.  WORK PROGRAMME

  • To consider and made any necessary changes to the
  • Committee’s work programme.
  •  
  • 06-21-02-10-li-i-work-programme.pdf (pdf)

7.  OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3 above.

1.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.  MINUTES

  • To confirm as a correct record
  • the minutes of the Regulatory Services Committee Meeting that took place on 12
  • February 2020.
  •  
  • 20-02-12-rg-draft-minutes

3.  NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

  • Items of other business notified
  • under Council Procedure Rule 30 to be announced, together with the special
  • circumstances that justify their consideration as a matter of urgency.  The Chairman to rule on the admission of such
  • items.

4.  DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

  • To receive any declarations of
  • interest.

5.  POLLING DISTRICTS AND POLLING PLACES – RETURNING OFFICER TEMPORARY DELEGATED AUTHORITY

  • Approval is being sought of the
  • Regulatory Services Committee to grant temporary delegated authority to allow
  • the Returning Officer for Three Rivers to make any urgently required temporary
  • changes to polling places in the District for the forthcoming local government
  • elections, currently scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021, in the event of the
  • impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning that changes to voting arrangements
  • for voters are urgently required.
  •  
  •  05-21-02-10-rg-i-polling-districts-and-places-report
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  • 05-21-02-10-rg-i-list-of-polling-districts-places-2021-app
  • a

6.  REGULATORY SERVICES COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME

  • To consider and make necessary
  • changes to the Committee’s work programme.
  •  
  •  06-21-02-10-rg-i-work-programme

7.  OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under Item 3 above.

8.  EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

  • If any confidential business is
  • approved, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or
  • confidential information in the additional item(s) and a resolution to be
  • passed in the following terms:
  •  
  • “that under Section 100A(4) of
  • the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the
  • meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves
  • the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Paragraphs 1 to 7
  • of Schedule 12A to the Act.”  It has been
  • decided by the Council that in all circumstances, the public interest in
  • maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
  • information.