Winchester City Borough Council Licensing & Regulation Committee Meeting

Sept. 5, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

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This is a meeting of the Licensing & Regulation Committee of Winchester City Borough Council held on the 5th Sep 2023.

The last meeting of the Licensing & Regulation Committee was on the 27th Feb 2024, and the next meeting will be 17th Jun 2024.

Meeting Status

Confirmed

Agenda Published

Yes

Decisions Published

No

Minutes Published

Yes

Meeting Location

Walton Suite, WInchester Guildhall

Meeting Recordings

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Agenda

Item Title Minutes
1 Apologies and Deputy Members

Apologies were received as noted above.  In addition, apologies were received from Councillor Becker (Cabinet Member for Community and Engagement).

 

2 Appointment of vice-chairperson for 2023/24 municipal year

RESOLVED:

 

          That Councillor Brophy be appointed as vice-chairperson of the Committee for the 2023/24 municipal year.

 

3 Disclosures of Interests

There were no declarations of interest made.

4 Minutes of the previous meeting held on 7 December 2022 Minutes , 07/12/2022 Licensing & Regulation Committee

RESOLVED:

 

          That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 7 December 2022 be approved and adopted.

 

5 Public Participation

There were no members of the public in attendance.

 

6 Review of the Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 LR577 Review of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003
LR577 - Licensing Policy Review 2023_Draft Appendix 1
LR577 - Appendix 2 EqIA

 

The Licensing Manager introduced the report and summarised the main changes to the current policy as set out in appendix 1 to the report.  She drew attention to a minor correction to Section B of the policy as set out to correct the numbering to continue to B.4 and B.5 under the new “Counter Terrorism” heading.

 

The Licensing Manager responded to questions from Members on the following:

a)    The reasons for proposing a specific reference to a procedure for how to deal with Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) which was a specific government campaign. 

b)    The reasons for the introduction of specific reference to Counter Terrorism and how this would be addressed in practice at a local level.

c)    Incidents of drink spiking and how the policy could be used to tackle this issue.

d)    The reasons for the proposed changes to the wording regarding temporary event notices (TENs).  The Licensing Manager explained that restrictions on limits for TENs were set out in relevant regulations or legislation.

e)    The use of the phrase “the policy has no adverse impact on racial groups” in the Equality Impact Assessment (appendix 2 to this report) with particular concern about the use of the word “adverse” in this context.  It was explained that this was the standard wording used across the council.  Councillor Porter stated that Councillor Becker (in her Cabinet role) had agreed to consider this further outside of the meeting.

 

During discussion, the following amendments to the policy were proposed by members:

a)    Paragraph 3.15 of the policy - replace “his/her” with “their”.

b)    Under Section B, Public Safety, section B.3, amend last bullet point from “Measures on how to prevent drink spiking and a procedure on how to deal with reported incidents” to “Measures on how to prevent drink spiking by training staff (including door staff) in awareness of drink spiking and a procedure on how to deal with reported incidents”.

c)    Change references in Appendix B of the policy from “plastic” to “non-glass based alternatives”.

d)    In the Glossary of terms used section on temporary events notice, remove the wording in the second bullet point as indicated - “scale – not exceeding 499 people present at the event at any one time.

 

The Committee agreed that these amendments be made to the policy prior to it being published for consultation.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the reviewed Draft Licensing Policy at Appendix 1 of the report as amended as set out above, be approved for consultation as detailed in paragraphs 10.6 to 10.9 of the report.

7 Renewal of Alcohol Consumption Public Space Protection Order 2020 LR571 Renewal of public space protection order
LR571 Appendix 1 PSPO Review and Extension Report 2023
LR571 Appendix 2
LR571 Appendix 3 Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA)

 

The Neighbourhood Service Officer Anti-social Behaviour Lead introduced the report and responded to questions from members on the following:

a)    She confirmed that the police provided data on the number of times the order had been used to confiscate alcohol - it had been used 13 times since the current order was introduced in 2020.  The police did not currently record the numbers of times people had been requested to stop drinking under the order and there would be resource implications of asking them to do this.

b)    She advised that the area covered by the order could only be amended if there was a proven need to do so and would require an extensive public consultation period.

c)     It was noted that the map included within Appendix 1 to the report had been incorrectly labelled and it was confirmed that the order related to an Alcohol Control Zone (not Alcohol Exclusion Zone).

 

The Committee noted the success of the Order since its introduction and agreed to the recommendations as set out in the report.

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.         That the extension of the Public Open Space Protection Order for a further 3 years to 14 September 2026 be agreed; and

 

2.         That the Strategic Director be authorised to carry out the statutory publication and notification requirements for the extended Order.

 

Meeting Attendees

Councillor Adrian Brophy photo
Vice-Chair
Councillor Adrian Brophy

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Councillor Anne Small photo
Deputy
Councillor Anne Small

Liberal Democrat

Not required

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Councillor Brian Laming photo
Chairperson
Councillor Brian Laming

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Councillor George Prest photo
Committee Member
Councillor George Prest

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Councillor Jackie Porter photo
Guest
Cabinet Member for Place and Local Plan
Councillor Jackie Porter

Liberal Democrat

In attendance

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Councillor Jerry Pett photo
Committee Member
Councillor Jerry Pett

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Councillor Jonny Morris photo
Deputy
Councillor Jonny Morris

Liberal Democrat

Present, as substitute

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Councillor Nathan Eve photo
Committee Member
Councillor Nathan Eve

Liberal Democrat

Apologies, sent representative

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Councillor Sudhakar Achwal photo
Committee Member
Councillor Sudhakar Achwal

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Councillor Danny Lee photo
Deputy
Councillor Danny Lee

Green

Not required

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Councillor Malcolm Wallace photo
Committee Member
Councillor Malcolm Wallace

Green

Present, as expected

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Councillor Frank Pearson photo
Committee Member
Councillor Frank Pearson

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Michael Kurn photo
Committee Member
Group Manager - Conservative Group
Councillor Michael Kurn

Conservative

Apologies, sent representative

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Councillor Michael Read photo
Deputy
Councillor Michael Read

Conservative

Not required

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Councillor Patrick Cunningham photo
Deputy
Councillor Patrick Cunningham

Conservative

Present, as substitute

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Councillor Paula Langford-Smith photo
Committee Member
Councillor Paula Langford-Smith

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Previous Committee Meetings

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27th Feb 2024 Licensing & Regulation Committee (Cancelled)

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6th Dec 2023 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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5th Sep 2023 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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6th Jun 2023 Licensing & Regulation Committee (Cancelled)

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21st Feb 2023 Licensing & Regulation Committee (Cancelled)

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31st Jan 2023 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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7th Dec 2022 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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6th Sep 2022 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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7th Jun 2022 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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10th Mar 2022 Licensing & Regulation Committee

Future Committee Meetings

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17th Jun 2024 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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3rd Sep 2024 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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4th Dec 2024 Licensing & Regulation Committee

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25th Feb 2025 Licensing & Regulation Committee

Source

This meeting detail is from Winchester City Borough Council website