Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 12th November, 2013 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

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Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2013.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 September 2013 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Matters Arising


(a)       Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 – Implementation of the Act and Scheme of Delegation

(Minute 17 Refers)


Whilst Council had approved the proposed scheme of delegation, the wisdom of omitting a quarantine period from the Act had been queried at the meeting.


The Council’s response to the Government’s consultation on this policy had included a suggested seven day quarantine period before metal could be processed, but for various reasons this had not been included in the Government’s legislation. 


In view of this, it was agreed that this Committee would look for opportunities to highlight this issue and to make representations for the inclusion of a quarantine period in future legislation.


            RESOLVED that


(i)         a briefing note on the omission of a quarantine period in this Act is circulated to all Councillors;


(ii)        opportunities to highlight these issues are sought and guidance issued to future relevant Sub-Committees as appropriate.


Written Questions and Petitions




Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 24 KB


The Committee received its Work Plan.


It was noted that the Scrutiny Committee had reviewed controls on advertising signage (including A-boards) and that the Cabinet would be considering that Committee’s recommendations at its next meeting.  In the meantime, it was agreed that this Committee should receive a report on the issue of A-Boards across the town.


The robustness of the Council’s controls on the upkeep of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) was queried as, currently, licences were only required for properties which met certain criteria.  However, it was noted that consultation had just been completed to extend the criteria to encompass all HMO with effect from 1 April 2014.  As it was considered that licensing policies afforded the Council adequate control and enforcement, a report on the introduction of byelaws was not added to the Work Plan.     


            RESOLVED that


(a)       the Committee Work Plan is noted;


(b)       ‘Licensing of A-boards’ is added to 14 January 2014 meeting;


(c)        ‘Review of the Policy for Charity Collections’ is moved from ‘Unallocated Items’ to 11 March 2014 meeting (subject to receiving Government guidance by that date).


Food Safety Act 1990 Service Plan 2013/2014 pdf icon PDF 30 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report proposing approval for the Food Service Plan.


It was confirmed that the Plan included school premises, although they were not mentioned specifically in it.  Responsibility for enforcement of Food Safety Law lies with Harlow Council although Essex County Council may be responsible for proper standards as an Education Authority.  It was agreed that information on school inspections would be circulated to Members.  


As there had only been one prosecution although 188 warning letters had been issued following inspections of various premises during 2012/13, the Committee was keen to ensure that adequate arrangements for enforcement action were in place.  In order to reassure the Committee, it was agreed that notes would be circulated to advise Committee members of the approach taken to Food Safety enforcement to provide context for actions numbered in the Plan.     




(a)       the Food Service Plan, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, is approved;


(b)       an advisory note is circulated to members of the Committee on:


(i)         Food Safety work in school premises where food is served;


(ii)        Food Safety enforcement including advice on the implications of warning letters as mentioned in paragraph 3.1.5 of Appendix 1 of the report and how risks to food safety are followed up.


Regulation of Cosmetic Piercing and Skin Colouring Businesses pdf icon PDF 77 KB


The Committee received a report proposing bye-laws for the regulation of cosmetic piercing and skin-colouring businesses.


            RESOLVED that


(a)       it is Recommended to Council that


(i)         the model byelaws relating to cosmetic piercing and semi-permanent skin-colouring, set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted;


(ii)        the common seal of the Council be affixed to the byelaws;


(iii)       the Legal Services Manager be authorised to carry out the necessary procedure (including completion of item 6 of the Model Byelaws and revocation of three extant byelaws) and apply to the Secretary of State for confirmation.


(b)        should Council approve the above recommendation, the Regulations be publicised to encourage regulation and reduce risks to Public Health.


References from Other Committees

Any references arising from meetings held after the publication of this agenda will be circulated separately.




Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.