Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Committee Room 1 - Wallasey Town Hall
Contact: Anne Beauchamp Committee Officer
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The Corporate Director for Business Management sought the Committee’s approval of the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy attached at Appendix 1 to the report in order that it may be circulated for consultation.
The Licensing Manager reported that there was a statutory requirement under the Licensing Act 2003 to consult on a Statement of Licensing Policy prior to it being published.
The Committee were advised that the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy had first been published in January 2005. The Policy had been subject to three reviews with the most recent having been published in December 2014.
It was reported that there had previously been a request by Merseyside Police for the adoption of a Special Cumulative Impact Policy for an area in Birkenhead and further to a consultation being undertaken and the responses considered, a Special Cumulative Impact Policy in Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the Town Centre had been adopted with effect from 10 July 2017 which applied to premises licensed for the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises only.
Members were informed that as the Licensing Act 2003 required that the Licensing Policy be reviewed at least every five years and that the Cumulative Impact Policy be reviewed within three years of its adoption, it was therefore proposed that the review of the Licensing Policy would also seek views on the cumulative impact policy included therein. In undertaking this review there is a statutory requirement to consult with the following persons / bodies:
· The Chief Officer of Police
· The Fire and Rescue Authority
· The Director of Public Health
· Persons/Bodies representative of local holders of premises licences
· Persons/Bodies representative of local holders of club certificates
· Persons/Bodies representative of local holders of personal licences
· Persons/Bodies representative of businesses and residents in its area
It was reported that the consultation would be discussed with the Council’s communication team with a view to details of the consultation being published on the Council’s website, Wirral View and the Council’s social media platforms. It was proposed that the period of consultation be six weeks closing on 6 September 2019 and that the outcome of the consultation be reported to a meeting of this Committee in October 2019.
Councillor T Norbury made reference to the environmental impact assessment and it was confirmed that this would be commented on in the next report.
On a motion by the Chair and seconded by Councillor A Hodson it was -
Resolved – That the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy be approved as a document to be circulated for consultation.