Agenda/Speakers:

1.    APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes: none

2.    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.

Minutes: none

3.    DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

  • To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes: none

4.    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 and then reviewed and re-published in its updated form on 7 January 2016. 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.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).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 (see Appendix C).Officers have now completed a review in accordance with the 2003 Act taking into account latest guidance and other relevant considerations. Appendix D provides a draft of the proposed consultation document with all proposed changes incorporated, subject to approval.-04-20-12-22-li-i-licensing-policy-reportappendix-a-current-statement-of-licensing-policyappendix-b-licensing-committee-reportappendix-c-revised-schedule-of-implementation-of-amended-policyappendix-d-consultation-document-statement-of-licensing-policy-2021-2026

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5.    OTHER BUSINESS

  •  If approved under Item 3 above

Minutes: none

6.    EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

  • If confidential business is approved under item 3, 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 (1-7) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act”. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes: none