Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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

Date:
Friday, 19th December, 2014
Time:
9.30am
Place:
First Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street. Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
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 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 Julia Cherrett, Cllr Jean Kirby, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Item Description Decision
Public
CSI
36/14
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
CSI
37/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
CSI
38/14
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 21ST OCTOBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CSI
39/14
REVIEW OF LICENSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH
AGREED that the information be noted.
CSI
40/14
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the work programme be noted by Members.
CSI
41/14
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CSI
36/14
The evacuation procedure was noted.
CSI
37/14
There were no declarations of interest.
CSI
38/14
The minutes of the meeting held on 21st October 2014 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CSI
39/14
Members were presented with a report which provided information for the Review of Licensing and Public Health.

The following points were noted by the Committee:

- In the past, licensing authorities were required to determine their licensing policies for each three year period

- In January 2014 the Local Government Association (LGA) published Open for Business: Rewiring Licensing which called for full reform of the licensing framework. Open for Business argued that not all licensing frameworks had clear objectives and did not allow relevant considerations to be taken into account. The LGA proposed that licensing decisions should be reached locally based on a broader set of licensing objectives including protection of Public Health

- In October 2014 the Home Office published revised guidance issues under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 which was in force and included local authorities' Director of Public Health as a 'responsible authority' who must be fully notified of applications and application for the grant, variation or review of a licenced premises.

- Members heard that when applying for a licence to sell alcohol, premises must demonstrate that the selling of alcohol would not affect the local area

- There were 429 premises across the Borough licenced to sell alcohol

- An Action Plan was in place between the authority and Cleveland Police relating to the sale of alcohol

- Stockton Borough Council Public Health were Members of the Regional Alcohol Partnership Board

Members raised the following points/questions:

- Are there more cases of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) around public houses that sell cheaper alcohol? Members heard that ASB trends were more associated with location as opposed to the price of alcohol

- How do Alcohol Free Zones work? Alcohol Prohibited Zones allow a Police Officer to confiscate alcohol. Most of the major town centres have zones and they can only be introduced when the Chief Constable agrees as the police monitor and patrol the zones.

- When considering the 429 licenced premises in the area, there should be a focus on those areas where there was excessive amounts of licenced premises

- With regards to resource issues, the Committee were informed that Trading Standards and Public Health worked alongside Cleveland Police and Neighbourhood Enforcement Services to deal with alcohol related issues

- Members raised concern for the consumption of alcohol in taxis and on public transport
CSI
41/14
The Chair provided no update.

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