Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Monday, 24th February, 2020 10.00 am, MOVED

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

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Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Trish Fivey, welcomed those present


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Moira Butt.


Declarations of interest


Councillor Eric Allen declared a Non Pecuniary interest he is a Member of the LGA Stronger and Safer Communities Board and spokesman for Licensing.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2019.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2019 be agreed as an accurate record.


Consultation responses on review of Street Trading Policy pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Following the Committee’s decision to review Street Trading, a consultation exercise was conducted to seek views on a range of proposed amendments to the way Street Trading is regulated within the borough.  The review of street trading regulation is intended to help the authority to encourage more street trading and compliments the aims of the Council’s ‘Ambitious for Sutton’ plan to seek the regeneration of the town centre, and make the borough more generally a great place to live, work, and raise a family, by helping to encourage a more vibrant and active market and other street trading areas.

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David Kingstone, Team Leader - Licensing & Environmental Compliance presented the report.


Team Leader - Licensing & Environmental Compliance drew attention that the data shown in appendix A of the report (Summary of Responses via the Consultation hub) had shown 94% of respondents were in favour of a restricted items list. Members considered the list of items presented in appendix D not to be too restrictive, due to the small range items mentioned.


Nick Cloke,  Lead Officer - Licensing provided information about the proposed arrangements, including the legal arrangements regarding age restricted items that are not on the proposed restricted commodities list including knives.


Members suggested an aim of the Street Trading policy should include support to keep residents safe and that this could be supported by restricting the items sold in the market areas. Members recognised the benefits of thriving markets in the designated locations in the borough and the balance required between restricting items sold without limiting business potential for stall holders.






Responses to parts of the consultation other those concerning the restricted item list, showed more mixed opinions. Officers suggested that these aspects of the Street Trading policy in Sutton required further consideration and that this could be carried out as a task and finish group. The task and finish group could include in discussions number of pitches, days of trading, layout.


The Lead Officer - Licensing outlined current charging structure for pavement cafes (a permission on available in the policy area in and around Sutton High Street). Members noted the differences of those operating pavement cafes on the pedestrianised High Street compared to those within the policy area but located on non pedestrianised highway, and those who placed tables and chairs on the highway in other areas of the borough.


The Lead Officer - Licensing provided information about licensing, operational arrangements and enforcement of a range of activities which operate in the High Street at various times including charity stalls, utility companies, ice cream sales, religious and political groups, charities collecting money, parking, and setting up stock in the front of shops.


Members noted that A boards are licensed by the Highways Act 1980 and suggested that the policy and enforcement options for A boards could be discussed by the Task and Finish group,


An amendment  was proposed to the recommendations 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 of the report this was motioned by Councillor Jake Short and seconded by Councillor Catherine Gray.




1.    The findings of the consultation on changes to Street Trading in Sutton be noted.


2.    Resolutions, in accordance with Section 27 of the London Local Authorities Act 1990  be proposed to:


(a) introduce a Restricted Items list, as set out  at Appendix D.


3.    A Task and Finish Group be established to review the evidence and consider the wider questions arising from the consultation responses (set out at 5.6 in the report) as a wider review of Street Trading Policy. Consideration by the group to include: the size of the market area and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Any urgent business

To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).


There was no urgent business.