Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 6.00 pm

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Venue: Committee Room A, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS

Contact: Cheryl Clark  Democratic Services Officer

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Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.


The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced Committee members and officers in attendance, and outlined procedural matters of the meeting.


Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB


Apologies for absence were noted from Councillors Noakes, Podbury, Pope and Thomson.


Declarations of Interest: pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members in items on the agenda.  For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer.


No declarations of interest were made.


Notification of Visiting Members wishing to speak (in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 18): pdf icon PDF 6 KB

Members should indicate which item(s) they wish to speak on and the nature of their concern/question/request for clarification.



There were no visiting members who had registered to speak.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting dated 5 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 129 KB


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting dated 5 March 2019 be approved as a correct.


Independent Hackney Carriage Demand Survey pdf icon PDF 210 KB


Mrs Degiorgio, Senior Licensing Officer, introduced and summarised the report, which explained that a contract had been awarded to undertake an independent survey to ascertain whether there was any unmet demand for Hackney Carriage vehicle services in the Borough.  The conclusions of the survey would be reported to a future meeting of the Licensing Committee.


As part of the discussions, members had the opportunity to ask questions.  It was ascertained that this was the first time that the survey had been jointly commissioned with Maidstone Borough Council and it was anticipated it would provide an overall saving to both authorities.


RESOLVED – That the award of the Independent Hackney Carriage Demand Survey Contract, which was let in conjunction with Maidstone Borough Council Licensing Service, be noted.


Film Classification Policy pdf icon PDF 174 KB

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Mrs Degiorgio, Senior Licensing Officer, introduced and summarised the report, which explained that there was a requirement for the public exhibition of all films on licensed premises to be either classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) or authorised by the Licensing Authority under the powers of the Licensing Act 2003.


The authorisation for the classification of films was delegated to the Head of Housing, Health & Environment and this report included details of the fees, policy and procedures to provide a framework for consistent decision making.




1.    That a draft Policy for adoption regarding the classification of Films by the Council be approved.


2.    That the level of fee for classification of a film as set out within the draft Policy (subject to exemptions) be approved.


Urgent Business: pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.



There was no urgent business for consideration.


Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB


RESOLVED - That the next meeting take place on Tuesday 17 September 2019, at 6pm.