Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Bill Lee, e-mail:  william.lee@hounslow.gov.uk or by phone on 020 8583 2068 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Guy Lambert, Adrian Lee, Tony Louki, Mukesh Malhotra, Daanish Saeed and John Todd.

2.

Minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2015 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2015 were agreed to be an accurate record.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 26, Item 19: Cllr Elizabeth Hughes asked for an update on the promised database of licensed premises. Licensing manager Lewis Aldous advised that the required software update had been cancelled by Salesforce. The Flare system was to be upgraded instead and the update was to be completed soon, however once the software was installed there was still a great deal of work to be done to establish the database. It was agreed that the Chair would request that adequate resources be allocated by the Lead Member responsible.

3.

Review of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see the report and appendices (agenda item 3)

 

The report was presented by Licensing Manager Lewis Aldous. He drew members’ attention to major changes, including the introduction of the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) and the Reducing the Strength initiative. He advised that the amended policy would greatly assist Panels in making decisions, including by use of the pool of local conditions, which would also be of help to applicants when setting out their operating schedules. Setting out those issues that were taken most seriously would help with reviews of premises licences, which had increased in number recently. The Council was looking into a standard commencement of licensed hours of 10 am.

 

Members asked why changes were not highlighted in the report as they felt that it would have been extremely helpful when reading the draft policy. Mr Aldous stated that the Head of Governance had advised against highlighting changes so he had instead produced a summary of major changes to be found on page 61 of the pack. Following questions Mr Aldous clarified that changes would not be applied retrospectively and would not affect existing licences. He was confident that the CIP would be sufficiently robust to allow refusals made under the policy to be upheld in court if appealed. Temporary Event Notices (TENs) would be allowed up to 21 times per calendar year and could now be obtained with five days notice. The question of age restrictions for films was raised and it was confirmed that 12a certificates permitted children under 12 at parents’ discretion; if parents chose to bring younger children no offence was committed.  It was suggested that Trading Standards carried out “test purchases” at cinemas to ensure that children were not being admitted to screenings of films outside their age criteria. 

 

Cllr Elizabeth Hughes moved to accept the officers’ recommendation and the motion was seconded by Cllr Harleen Atwal Hear.

 

Voting for: Cllrs Harleen Atwal Hear, Peter Carey, Bandna Chopra, Bishnu Bahadur Gurung, Tina Howe, David Hughes and Elizabeth Hughes.

 

Voting against: None.

 

Abstentions: None.

 

 

Resolved:

 

·        That the Licensing Committee endorsed the revised version of the Licensing Policy and recommended to Borough Council that the revised policy be approved.

 

 

 

4.

Urgent Business

Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.

Minutes:

The Chair advised that it was essential that all members who had not attended the training session in October received training at the earliest opportunity. Cllr Elizabeth Hughes thanked officers for arranging the training, and Cllr Richard Foote for allocating funding. She described the presentation by expert licensing lawyer Leo Charalambides as excellent and extremely informative.