Licensing Committee – 11 March 2009
Chair: Councillor Barkworth
Venue: Function Room 1, Pittwood House, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe
- Declarations of Personal or Personal and Prejudicial Interests or Significant Contact with Applicants, Objectors or Third Parties (lobbying) if any.
- To take the minutes of the meeting of this committee held on 13 January 2009 as a correct record and authorise the Chair to sign.
- Policing and Crime Bill – Report of the Service Director Legal and Democratic.
- Appeals Submitted to the Magistrates Court.
- Any other items which the Chair decides are urgent by reason of special circumstances which must be specified.
PRESENT: Councillor Barkworth in the chair.
Councillors Swift (vice-chair), Carlisle, Clark, Davison, Eckhardt, Ellerby, L Foster, Jawaid MBE, Poole, C Sherwood, N Sherwood, Smith and Wells.
The committee met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.
758 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS, OBJECTORS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.
759 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this committee held on 11 November 2008, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.
760 (31) POLICING AND CRIME BILL — The Service Director Legal and Democratic submitted a report informing members of the key provisions of the Policing and Crime Bill which would affect the Licensing function.
The Policing and Crime Bill was published by the Government on 18 December 2008 and had its second reading in the House of Commons on 19 January 2009. It aimed to increase the effectiveness and public accountability of policing by placing a duty on police authorities to have regard to the public’s views, and for this duty to be recognised in inspections of police authorities.
The Bill contained a wide range of provisions including additional powers relating to proceeds of crime, powers of forfeiture, extradition, aviation security and criminal records.
The Service Director Legal and Democratic gave a brief outline of the provisions affecting the functions of the Licensing Committee, specifically the tightening of regulations on lap dancing establishments.
Resolved – That the details contained within the report be noted.
761 APPEALS SUBMITTED TO THE MAGISTRATES COURT – The Service Director Legal and Democratic advised that there had been no recent appeals submitted to the Magistrates Court. The Committee was advised that a Freedom of Information request had been submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), on behalf of the Committee, requesting specific information about local authority appeals.
The Committee was advised that a reply had been received from the DCMS justifying decisions made within the Magistrates Courts.
Resolved – That the position be noted.