Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Corporate and Social Inclusion Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 20th January, 2015
Time:
09.30
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mick Stoker(Chairman), Cllr Tracey Stott(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown, Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Terry Laing, Cllr Norma Wilburn
Officers:
Peter Kelly(Director of Public Health), Dave Kitching(Trading Standards and Licensing Manager), Graham Birtle, Jenna McDonald(LDS)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Jean Kirby, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Item Description Decision
Public
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EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
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DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 19TH DECEMBER 2014.
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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REVIEW OF LICENSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH
AGREED that:

1.The content of the report be noted.

2. The Recommendations be agreed.
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WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that consideration be given to the work programme.
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
The Chair provided no update.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 19th December 2014.
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The Committee was presented with a report on the Scrutiny Review of Licensing and Public Health.

The Director of Public Health raised the following points in relation to Planning:

- In 2010, Stockton's Spatial Planning Team produced a report entitled 'Investigation into Hot Food Takeaway Policy' outlining contemporary research relating to health and hot food takeaways (HFTs)in the town planning context. There was a perception that HFTs were a significant contributor to childhood obesity

- Local Planning Authorities around the country implemented policies and guidance which sought to restrict HFTs on the grounds of their health impacts and impact on obesity and use them to determine planning applications

- It was highlighted that the Neighbourhood Planning approach provided the most flexibility and had the potential to enable neighbourhood communities to make very local policies restricting HFTs in areas where specific concerns had been identified


- Members agreed that it would have been more beneficial for HFTs to have been in one area as opposed to being dispersed around the community in order to make them less accessible. It was highlighted that this would make little difference as many people were mobile. It was heard that they key was to educate people to choose their food more wisely

- Members were against HFTs being located close to schools and therefore easy for children to access. It was heard that Public Health were working towards locating school bus stops away from HFTs

The following points were raised in relation to Licensing:

SBC's Statement of Licensing Policy with which the Council carried out its functions under the Licensing Act 2003 promoted the following objectives:
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- ensuring public safety
- protection of children from harm
It was highlighted that each objective was of equal importance.

- Balance North East, The regional alcohol office was currently carrying out a review of Licensing and Public Health across the North East

- Members noted that an existing key problem was that health specifically was not a reason for rejecting a licensing application. It was agreed that in future, the Licensing Act should be amended to take local Public Health Matters into consideration before granting a licence. A review was due to take place in 2016 on the licencing policy consultation process.

- It was highlighted that a greater understanding was required on how opening times of premises that sold alcohol could be controlled

- Perceived problems in parks and other public areas were being attended to by the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team. Concerns were raised that while young people were consuming alcohol in parks they were more at risk and vulnerable


- Members agreed that although local businesses could be influenced on the way in which they sold alcohol, this was not something which could be controlled

- Members asked whether Planning Committee had discussed what planning policies should be in place with regards to premises applying for planning permission with a view of selling alcohol. In response, it was heard that policy decisions were made by the Secretary of State

The Director of Public Health asked the Committee to consider its recommendations.
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Members were asked to consider the requirements of future committee meetings. The Committee were also asked to consider possible emerging scrutiny review topics.

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