Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow. View directions

Contact: Irene Bowles, e-mail:  irene.bowles@hounslow.gov.uk or by phone on 020 8583 2075 

Items
No. Item

1.

Licensing Committee followed by Mandatory Members Training

ALL MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO NOTE THAT MANDATORY TRAINING WILL FOLLOW THE BUSINESS ON THE AGENDA. 

 

ANY MEMBER WHO DOES NOT ATTEND THE TRAINING WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SIT ON ANY LICENSING PANEL UNTIL THE TRAINING HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

2.

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

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Peter Carey, Bandna Chopra, Elizabeth Hughes, Adrian Lee, Mukesh Malhotra, Puneet Grewal, and Shantanu Rajawat.

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2016 pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2016 were agreed to be an accurate record and signed.

 

Councillor David Hughes, Chair referred to the second motion within the minutes which proposed that proper support be given to the Licensing Team for the implementation of an IT system which best supports their needs, and requested that a report on progress comes to the next meeting of the Licensing Committee.  Councillor Tony Louki asked for a verbal update on progress from officers.  Lewis Aldous, Licensing Manager advised that there had been considerable progress on this since January, 900 historic records had been logged on to a spreadsheet in preparation for the next stage which would be to load them onto the IT database, Flare. This would be a two stage process of automatic transfer and some manual input. It was hoped that the Flare database, which would link with the public database, would be available by the end of the year depending on the amount of manual input required.  Mr Aldous agreed to circulate the spreadsheet with the details of the licensed premises to the Committee within the next couple of weeks.

 

In response to Councillor John Todd’s question on whether the Flare IT System was dated or state of the art, Mr Aldous explained that it was used by several other departments within the council, it was considered easy to load data onto, and saved the council from having to purchase another database.

 

Resolved:

  • A report on the progress of creating an IT database of all licensed premises be included on the agenda of the next meeting of the Licensing Committee.
  • That the spreadsheet containing the details of all licensed premises be circulated to the Licensing Committee members. 

4.

Annual Licensing Update pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Report to follow

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see report by the Chair of the Licensing Committee (agenda item 4).

 

The report was presented by Lewis Aldous, Licensing Manager. Mr Aldous updated the Committee on the work of the Licensing Team over the last 12 months advising that the team was now fully staffed and that although there had been an increase in the number of new premises licence applications and in the minor variations, the team was processing much the same amount as last year. Mr Aldous also outlined the appeals received in 2015/16; the licensing team’s responsibilities arising from the Gambling Act 2005, Street Trading, and other licences; key achievements in enforcement; legal cases; and the team’s work plan for 2016/17.

 

Mr Aldous advised that the borough was considering consulting on a late night levy in 2016/17 which could be imposed on any business which sells alcohol between midnight and 5am. The funds from the levy could be used to fund the night time economy. Camden, Islington, and Hackney were doing this and the funds were used to assist with policing. Councillor Steve Curran stated that the authority needed to be reassuring late night establishments that there would be appropriate policing and this levy would enable that to be paid for. Councillor Curran proposed and members agreed that responding to the consultation on the late night levy should be a high priority for the Committee.

 

Councillor Surinder Purewal asked if the sale of fireworks was monitored and was informed that the Licensing Team issues the licence but the enforcement was carried out by Trading Standards. In reply to questions on the length of time a legal case takes, the Committee was informed that they usually take a year depending on how busy the courts are.

 

Councillor John Todd notified the Committee that he had on a number of occasions objected to advertising boards placed on pavements. Mr Aldous confirmed that A Boards have to be licensed and positioned in accordance with the conditions set out in the Licensing Policy. A number of the Fixed Penalty Notices were for improper placement of an A Board.   The Committee noted that a Fixed Penalty Notice for an unlicensed street trader was £150 and £100 for a street trader in breach of licence. These charges were set by London Councils. Councillor Todd raised the issue of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and said that some councils were moving towards prohibiting them. Mr Aldous explained that it would be difficult for councils to do anything about this under current legislation, it required central government to set limits. Hounslow had however put its name to a letter written by Newham Council requesting that central government addresses this issue.

 

Councillor Tony Louki sought further clarity on the licensing database; Mr Aldous confirmed that the final end result would provide information at ward level and include scrap metal licences. 

 

In conclusion, Councillor David Hughes thanked Mr Aldous and the licensing team for their hard work over the last year and the support they provided  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

 

6.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 13 December 2016.

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted as 13 December 2016.