Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Cheryl Clark  Democratic Services Officer

Note: Please note that the public proceedings of the meeting will be recorded and made available for playback on the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Website 

Items
No. Item

LC10/19

Chairman's Introduction pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Announcement on procedural matters.

Minutes:

The Chairman opened the meeting, introduced Committee members and officers in attendance, and outlined procedural matters of the meeting.  A minute’s silence was held in memory of Councillor Dr Ronen Basu.

LC11/19

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were recorded from Councillor Fairweather.

LC12/19

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.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

LC13/19

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no visiting members who had registered to speak.

LC14/19

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting dated 11 June be approved as a correct record.

LC15/19

Licensing Act 2003 - Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Miss Bamborough, Head of Licensing Partnership introduced and summarised this report, which proposed a minor review of the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy to include an additional section for outdoor events.  In response to a member query, she reiterated comments made at an earlier committee meeting on 5 March 2019, that the proposal was simply to fill a gap within the Council’s existing policy.  Furthermore, it was clarified that this was intended only as a policy guideline and would not preclude one off events extending beyond the guide 23:00 finish time, subject to individual consideration and agreement.

 

RESOLVED – That the proposed amendment to the Statement of Licensing Policy (which will expire 6 January 2021) which was to include a new section on outdoor events, be agreed and recommended for adoption by Full Council on 25 September 2019.

LC16/19

Licensing Partnership Update Report 2019 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Miss Bamborough, Head of Licensing Partnership introduced and summarised this report, which provided an update on the performance and activity of the Licensing Partnership for members information.  It was noted as commendable that performance targets had been maintained at Tunbridge Wells, without increasing existing staffing levels.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted for information only.

LC17/19

Introduction of Licensing Pre-Application Advice pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Miss Bamborough, Head of Licensing Partnership introduced and summarised this report, which proposed the introduction in principle of charging for pre-application advice for certain types of licence applications as set out in Appendix A.  It was also noted that the proposed fee levels would be included as part of the wider annual review of fees and charges in a future report to Committee, including Taxi Licensing fees.

 

In response to queries from members, Miss Bamborough explained that under the Licensing Act 2003, statutory fees had remained unchanged since 2005 and staff currently spent a considerable amount of time responding to inaccurate or incomplete applications, which might have been more effectively managed under a paid for pre-application scheme.  She also clarified to members that the proposal was a matter of cost recovery and there was no intention of making a profit from the scheme.

 

RESOLVED – That the principle of the introduction of charging for pre-application advice for certain types of licence applications be agreed.

LC18/19

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no matters of urgent business.

LC19/19

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 6pm.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the next meeting take place on Tuesday 3 December 2019, at 6pm.

 

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