Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1AU. View directions
Contact: Committee Section
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Leslie Hills, John Loughlin, Alex Moore, Richard Smith, Bryan Sweetland and Cllr John Caller attended as Cllr Loughlin’s substitute.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2009 were signed by the Chairman.
2009 Licensing and Gambling - North Kent Police
In outlining what had happened in the past year and explaining what measures are taken by both the Police and Council Licensing departments to monitor and resolve any issues, Graham James, Licensing Sergeant, North Kent Police (and his colleague Paul Diment) highlighted events that had occurred since 2008:-
Sergeant James stressed how the vast majority of premises, whether they be traditional pubs, restaurants or take-away provide a first class service to the public and cause no problems. Where problems had occurred, positive steps such as the introduction of polycarbonate glasses/bottles had reduced the possibility of serious injuries occurring.
Resolved that Sergeant James (and Paul Diment) be thanked for attending and updating the Committee.
Further to Minute 4 (21 September 2009) the Committee considered the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy under the Gambling Act 2005.
Members were reminded that amendments had been made to the policy to take account of comments received about the “no casinos” resolution. The subsequently amended Draft Policy had been the subject of a consultation exercise which commenced on 22 September 2009 and ended on 3 November 2009.
The Committee noted that no formal comments had been received as a result of the consultation.
Recommended that Council approve the revised Gravesham Statement of Licensing Policy under the Gambling Act 2005.
The Licensing Act had been amended by the insertion of Sections 41A to 41C and 86A to 86C. The new Section that came into force on 29 July 2009 had introduced a simplified and cheaper application process for minor variations to an existing Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate
Variations which could be considered as minor included:-
The government has recommended that in view of the very tight timescale for determination of these applications (10 days for consultation and a further five days for the Licensing Officer to issue a determination) that the decision making process be delegated to officers, in Gravesham's case it was proposed that this be the Assistant Director (Communities).
Members were assured that if an application for a minor variation impacted in any way on the four licensing objectives the Licensing Officer would automatically refuse the application and require a Full Variation Application to be made.
Resolved that subject to the approval by full Council:-
(1) the powers and duties of the Council as licensing authority in respect of the determination of applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 for minor variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates be delegated to the Assistant Director (Communities) as set out in paragraph 3.2 of the report;
(2) the table of delegations contained in the Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 be updated accordingly.
The Committee received the minutes of the two Licensing Panel Meetings held on Thursday 5 November at 10am and 10.20am respectively.
Resolved that the minutes be noted.