Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 13th September, 2016 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Jo Maskell, (01279) 446055, Email: 

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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 29 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 July 2016.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 12 July 2016 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Matters Arising




Written Questions and Petitions




Committee Work Plan


A paper copy of the proposed Committee Work Plan for the current municipal year was circulated at the meeting.





(a)       the Work Plan is noted;


(b)       the Quarterly Reporting of NHS Statistical Data be removed from the Work Plan at the present time and can return at a later date if requested;


(c)       the Review of the Standard Conditions for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Driver Licensing is removed from the Work Plan to be reintroduced at a later date;


(d)       a report on a Specific Condition that appeared to require clarification, under the heading “offences” among the Standard Conditions applicable to a Private Hire Driver licence, requiring drivers to report within 72 hours to the Licensing Team cautions, convictions or prosecutions pending be added to the Work Plan for the Committee Meeting of 22 November 2016.


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Training: Delegate Feedback pdf icon PDF 20 KB

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The Committee received a report on CSE Training – Delegate Feedback.


Harlow Council began delivery of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness training to licensed Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers on 14 June 2016 followed by further sessions on 1 and 2 August 2016.  The training package was designed by ‘Safe and Sound’ with assistance from Essex Safeguarding Children Board and Council staff.  It currently received financial support from the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.


A total of 130 drivers had now attended the training.  Further training would be made available for drivers on 6 October, early November and mid-January.  It would also be offered to all Councillors and Legal Officers through the normal channels.


The Committee noted and welcomed the generally positive responses from delegates to the training, particularly the high proportion of delegates who indicated that it had increased their awareness for the CSE issues.


RESOLVED the Committee noted the feedback from delegates who attended the recent ‘child sexual exploitation’ training on 14 June and 1 and 2 August 2016.


Preparing a Statement of Gambling Act Policy for Consultation: Local Area Profiling pdf icon PDF 25 KB

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The Committee received a report on Preparing a Statement of Gambling Act Policy for Consultation: Local Area Profiling.


Officers explained that the Gambling Act 2005 requires that local licensing authorities publish a Statement of Licensing Policy.  The Statement must take account of guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.


The recently published 5th Edition of Guidance to Licensing Authorities had introduced the concept of ‘local area profiles’.  A local area profile should enable the Council to map out areas of additional risk and the location of any specifically vulnerable groups. 


RESOLVEDthat the arrangements being made to identify any area-based vulnerability to gambling harm, in preparation for consultation on revised Gambling Act Statement of Licensing Policy, is approved.


Food Safety Act 1990 Service Plan 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 26 KB

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The Committee received a report on the Food Safety Act 1990 Service Plan 2016/2017.


The Council has a statutory duty to enforce the Food Safety Act and in doing so to have regard to the Framework Agreement on Local Authority Food Law Enforcement which constitutes statutory guidance issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  The Service Plan is produced in compliance with the Framework Agreement and represents a Team Plan within the Council’s own Performance Management Framework.


RESOLVED that the Food Service Plan presented at Appendix 1 of the report, be noted and approved.


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.