Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 14th January, 2014 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 28 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2013.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 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 23(a) Refers)


The Chairman tabled a briefing note which explained the circumstances in which a quarantine period may be imposed, before scrap metal dealers could dispose of metal.


(b)    Food Safety Act 1990 Service Plan 2013/2014

(Minute 26(a) Refers)


The Chairman tabled a copy of his press release which highlighted the work being done to encourage compliance with food safety standards across the town, and drew attention to the posting of food premises’ ratings on the Council’s website.


Members noted that the food sampling programme set out in the Plan related to bacteriological testing and not food composition, which was the responsibility of Essex County Council.


The possibility of requiring businesses to display their ‘star ratings’ at their premises was being investigated and the outcome would be reported back to the Committee.


Written Questions and Petitions




Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 25 KB


The Committee received its Work Plan for 2013/14.


            RESOLVED that


(a)  the Committee Work Plan is noted;


(b)  the Licensing of A-Boards is allocated to the March meeting;


(c)  National Compliance Testing is added under “unallocated”;


(d)  Add report back on requirement to display star ratings to “unallocated”.


Health and Safety Enforcement Service Plan 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received Environmental Health’s proposed Health & Safety Enforcement Service Plan for 2013/14 for approval.


RESOLVED that the Health and Safety Enforcement Service Plan 2013/14, at Appendix 1 of the report, is noted and approved.


Licensing Service Plan 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee received the proposed Licensing Service Plan for 2013/14.


RESOLVED that the Licensing Service Plan 2013/14, attached at Appendix 1 to the report, is approved.


Scheduling of Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 29 KB


The Committee received a report proposing that its Licensing Sub-Committees are scheduled  in the diary, rather than with the current practice of calling meetings on an ad hoc basis.


            RESOLVED that


(a)  Licensing Sub-Committee hearings are scheduled in advance each year;


(b)  Option A for the allocation of members to the Sub-Committee, as set out in paragraph 12 of the report, is adopted;


(c)  An update on this method is given to the March meeting of this Committee.


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.


The Chairman ruled the following item as matters of urgent business:


(a)  Private Hire Services


The Chairman reported that contrary to rules precluding touting, a hoarding had been displayed outside Asda, advertising that a private hire company’s staff would book journeys on behalf of members of the public.  


He announced that the Licensing Team had addressed this problem.  Officers had advised the operator of the legal requirements and had reached agreement that the hoardings would be removed.  The reported ‘touting’ would be investigated.