Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

Contact: Kieran Pantry-Melsom
020 8726 6000 x63922  Email: kieran.pantry-melsom@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

19/18

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018 as an accurate record.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018 were agreed as an accurate record.

 

20/18

Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

 

Minutes:

Councillors Clouder and Jewitt declared that they were local ward Councillors for Thornton Heath.

 

21/18

Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

 

 

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

22/18

Applications for Street Designation Orders - London Local Authorities Act 1990 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application for a street designation order for Waitrose Ltd, 112 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2NB (Appendix A).

 

The Licensing Manager introduced the item, explaining the process of applying for street designation orders and the details of the application before the Committee. The Committee was informed that the application had been sent to responsible authorities and advertised in the local press; no representations had been received.

 

The applicant’s representative made a brief statement to the Committee with regard to the display area of the site and indicated that he was available to answer any questions the Members may have.

 

In response to questions from the Committee it was confirmed that the street had not previously been designated for street trading.

 

The Committee RESOLVED:

 

1. To designate 112 Brighton Road, Coulsdon for the purposes of street trading.

2. To grant a street trading licence to the Applicant.

 

The Committee considered the application for a street designation order for

32-34 High Street, Thornton Heath, CR7 8BF (Appendix B).

 

The Licensing Manager introduced the item, explaining the process of applying for street designation orders and the details of the application before the Committee. The Committee was informed that the application had been sent to responsible authorities and advertised in the local press; no representations had been received.

 

The applicant was not present to provide any comment on the application.

 

In response to questions from the Committee it was confirmed by the licensing manager that each application for a street trading designation order had to be considered by the Committee based on its individual merits even though the application site was within the saturation area designated within the Street Trading Licensing Policy.

 

Members were advised that there had been no complaints about the premises’ goods display from members of the public and the Committee could request for the applicant to reduce the size of their goods display as a condition for granting a street trading licence if they were satisfied that it was appropriate to do so having regard to the statutory parameters.

 

Members discussed the area and the display extensively and expressed disappointment that the applicant was not present in order to respond to their questions. In light of the size of the display and the remaining space in the street, Members expressed concern about the safe passage of members of the public along the pavement should the application be granted as applied for.

 

Councillor Jewitt proposed a motion to DEFER the application to allow a final opportunity for the applicant to attend before the Committee to speak about their application.

Councillor Clouder seconded the motion.

 

Councillor Neal proposed a motion to REFUSE the application on the grounds that the display area was too large.

Councillor Bird seconded the motion. 

 

The motion to defer was put forward to the vote first as being the first completed motion and was carried with seven Members voting in favour. The second motion therefore fell.

 

The Committee RESOLVED to defer the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22/18

23/18

The Gambling Act 2005 - Review of London Borough of Croydon Statement of Principles pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Manager was invited by the Chair to present the report to the Committee. The Licensing Manager explained the purpose of the report and changes that had been made to the Council’s Statement of Principles set out in Appendix 5 of the report. Local authorities are required to publish a Statement of Principles under The Gambling Act 2005 and had to be reviewed every 3 years. The London Borough of Croydon published their first Statement of Principles on 3 January 2007. The Committee were recommended to approve the revised Statement of Principles so that the fourth statutory review could be completed before 31 December 2018.

 

The Licensing manager summarised some of the changes made to the Statement of Principles which included amendments to reflect the reform of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and population change.

 

Members were also informed of the comments made by Gambling charities and residents contained in Appendix 4 of the report.

 

The Chair invited members’ questions on the report and presentation.

 

In relation to the permittance of licenses under The Gambling Act 2005, the Committee heard that the Gambling Commission were responsible for licensing operators such as Online Gambling sites and the Council only issued licenses for premises on which gambling took place. This included establishments such as Betting Shops, Bingo Premises and Adult Gaming Centres.

 

The Committee also heard that the maximum stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s) were being reduced from £100 to £2 by the government to reduce the risks of gambling.

 

The Committee RESOLVED to agree the revised Statement of Principles in Appendix 5 of the report under The Gambling Act 2005 and recommended them for adoption to full Council on 3 December 2018.

24/18

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:

 

“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”

 

Minutes:

This was not required.