Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Monday, 18th December, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Charles Yankiah, Committee Services Officer  Tel.: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

12.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATION OF SUBSTITUTES

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

13.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

14.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes were agreed and signed as a correct record of the meeting held on 25 September 2017.

 

15.

REVIEW OF CUMULATIVE IMPACT POLICIES pdf icon PDF 114 KB

This report introduces the further analysis relating to these areas, given in a supplementary report prepared by the Safer Sutton Partnership Service.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

David Kingstone, Licensing and Environmental Compliance Team Leader, presented the report and an analysis to update the Committee on the Review of the Cumulative Impact Policies.

 

The Chair informed the Committee that Councillor Richard Broadbent had requested to address the meeting relating to concerns around the Cumulative Impact Zones (CIZ) within his ward (Nonsuch), and also provided written submissions from two other Councillors in relation to their wards.

 

Councillor Richard Broadbent (Ward Councillor), addressed the Committee regarding his concerns to remove the CIZ for the North Cheam area and the impact it would have on local residents and the community.

 

Committee members asked about the existing CIZ areas and the impact of removing the CIZ areas and whether policies could be tailored to specific areas in the borough. Concerns were raised regarding anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime in other areas of the borough and the impact on communities and local residents in the North Cheam and Sutton Green areas of the borough in particular.

 

David Kingstone informed the Committee that the impact of the existing CIZ areas and the removal of a CIZ in an area must be based upon evidence - both evidence to create a CIZ in an area and evidence to retain a CIZ in an area in needed. The CIZ created additional responsibility on Licence applicants to demonstrate how their businesses are managed and how their activities promote the licensing objectives. It is therefore important to ensure the Committee’s decisions are evidenced, as any decision relating to an application that is based on the CIZ can be appealed and the evidence behind the CIZ challenged. Any concerns and issues raised by Members in relation to business operations that might be more appropriate for an area can be used to tailor the CIZ in specific areas but again it must be evidence based.  

 

Committee Members commented that the larger supermarkets like ASDA and Sainbury’s don’t sell the higher % of alcohol in comparison to the smaller convenient shops and off-licence shops and this creates problems for local residents and communities relating to street drinking, anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime and has a detrimental impact on communities. Members also enquired about the number of staff in the Licensing team that “polices” the issues raised and concerns.

 

David Kingstone informed the Committee that restrictions can’t be placed on specific types of businesses e.g. supermarkets, off-licence shops etc, but restrictions can be built into the CIZ, or even dis-applied from a CIZ, to make it more attractive for certain types of business activity over others.

 

Nick Cloke informed the Committee that between Sutton and Kingston, there are 3.5 FTE members of staff in the Licensing teams. As a result there are no scheduled annual visits to licensing premises, but it is done on a risk basis and if complaints are made as well as working with the Police and other appropriate service areas.

 

The Chair summarised that the concerns raised by Ward Councillors were genuine  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

REVIEW OF SPECIAL TREATMENT LICENSING pdf icon PDF 120 KB

This report outlines a proposal to review the current process and procedure in implementing the provisions of the London Local Authorities Act 1991 with the aim of providing a consistent approach across the Shared Environment Service.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Nick Cloke, Lead Officer, Licensing presented the report to update the Committee on the review of the Special Treatment Licensing that included revising the conditions, reviewing the current fee structure and policies and revising the application forms to simplify and update the procedure for existing licence holders and new applicants.

 

Committee Members asked about the report being submitted to Council.

 

Nick Cloke informed the Committee that it had delegated authority to approve the report and its recommendations and would not need to be submitted to Council for approval.

 

Councillor Bourne highlighted a grammatical error in the Draft Standard Conditions for Special Treatment Premises appendix, at Section 87, paragraph 1, reference was made to the “United Kingston”, but it should correctly read “United Kingdom”.

 

Resolved that the Licensing Committee:

 

  1. Agrees the proposed revised process and procedures.

 

  1. Adopts the revised standard conditions for Special Treatment Premises Licenses.

 

  1. Agrees that the above changes will take effect on the 1 April 2018.

 

17.

ANY URGENT ITEMS

Any urgent items brought forward at the direction of the Chair, who has approved the reason for the urgency.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business brought forward.