Agenda and minutes
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Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillors Simon Coles, Tony Robbins and Diogo Rodrigues.
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Public Question Time
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No questions or statements had been received for Public Question Time.
The purpose of the report is for the Committee to permit the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy be available for consultation as required by the Licensing Act 2003.
The Senior Licensing and Business Support Officer, Jack Godley, presented his report on the draft Licensing Policy and explained the consultation process to be followed.
During the discussion, the following points were raised:-
· Councillors queried at what point during the consultation period, could Committee Members submit their comments.
The Senior Licensing and Business Support Officer advised that anybody could comment at any stage of the consultation.
· Councillors requested clarification on the process.
The Senior Licensing and Business Support Officer advised that he hoped that the consultation would go live on Wednesday 17 May and would be open for comment for six weeks. Once the consultation has closed, the responses would be collated and presented to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee and if no changes were required, the Policy would be taken to Full Council for approval. He advised that the consultation period had been amended from eight weeks to six to allow for the Policy to be taken to Full Council in July 2023. He further explained that as part of the transitional arrangements for the New Council, both the Licensing and Gambling Policies needed to be in place within the first year of operation.
Resolved that the Licensing and Regulatory Committee agreed to permit the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy be available for consultation as required by the Licensing Act 2003.