Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council House, Plymouth

Contact: Democratic Support  Email: democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

20.

Declarations of Interest

Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made by Councillors, in accordance with the code of conduct.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meetings held on –

 

Licensing Committee

18 June 2019

 

 

 

Licensing Sub Committee

16 July 2019

 

 

 

Licensing Sub Committee

24 September 2019

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee agreed the following minutes –

 

(1)

Licensing Committee -

 

 

 

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18 June 2019;

 

(2)

Licensing Sub Committee -

 

 

 

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16 July 2019;

 

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24 September 2019.

 

22.

Chair's Urgent Business

To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.

Minutes:

There were no items of Chair’s urgent business.

23.

Street Trading Report 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Minutes:

 

Emily Bullimore (BID Street Operations and Street Trading Manager) presented the Street Trading Report 2020/21. The following key points were highlighted -

 

(a)

it was proposed that the consent fees were increased for the city centre street trader pitches and ice cream consent sites by 1.5%, in order to cover the increased costs of Non-Domestic Rates, repairs, maintenance and increased salary and support costs;

 

 

(b)

although inflation rose to 1.8%, consideration had been given to the lessened footfall in the city centre and the closed shops in the vicinity of the street trading consent sites; it was important to keep the street traders in order to maintain the vibrancy and life of the high street; the street traders had also incurred their own increase in charges for items such as stock and fuel;

 

 

(c)

it was proposed to freeze the cost of the waterfront pitches to try and encourage new traders to the area in 2020/21;

 

 

(d)

it was also proposed that the duration of the consents for 2020/21 for the city centre,  Hoe, Hoe Road and Madeira Road commences on 1 April 2020 and end on 31 March 2021;

 

 

(e)

existing consent holders for -

 

 

 

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the city centre were granted a degree of preference in the re-allocation of their consents unless applications were received for alternative trades that were sufficiently attractive to possibly warrant displacing an existing consent holder;

 

 

 

 

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ice cream consent holders were granted a degree of preference in the re-allocation of their consent; any contested consents or new applications would be considered in consultation with the Chair of the Licensing Committee and the lead opposition member.

 

 

 

(f)

in 2013 the Committee approved the creation of trading sites on Hoe Road and Madeira Road and delegated approval of new applications to the Licensing Sub Committee; as only one site had been let it was proposed that all new applications would continue to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee, and that any renewals were given delegated authority to the Service Director for Economic Development;

 

 

(g)

during 2020/21 trading year the work on New George Street and Old Town Street would be started by both Plymouth City Council on the public realm and by British Land on the buildings; this would probably result in the temporary displacement of two of the current street traders and possible impact on others; it was proposed to hold an investigation into temporary sites for displaced traders and also for new static and roaming pitches within the city centre;

 

the proposed pitches would be put to the Committee in the early part of 2020 when the plans for the public realm work were confirmed and therefore the impact of the sites would be known.

 

The key areas of questioning from Members related to –

 

(h)

the rationale behind the price freeze for the waterfront pitches;

 

 

 

 

(i)

the work involved and the timescale for the investigation into the cost implications and the validity of electric connection points for all ice cream street sites;

 

 

(j)

whether the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Delegated Decisions for Applications for the Grant/Variation of Premises Licences pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes:

Fred Prout (Senior Licensing Officer) presented the delegated decisions for applications for the grant/variation of premises licence report.

 

Members were advised that between 1 May 2019 and 31 October 2019 there had been 19 applications that had been mediated out by officers which had negated the need for these applications to be submitted to the Committee for consideration.

 

The following areas of questioning were raised by Members relating to –

 

(a)

what measures were being undertaken to enforce the Council’s fly posting policy, given the increase in this activity across the City;

 

 

(b)

whether the cost of removing fly posting was bourn by the licence premises, rather than the Council.

 

The Committee noted the report and thanked Fred Prout for attending the meeting.

25.

Exempt Business

To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Minutes:

Agreed that under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt business as defined in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

26.

Confidential Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meetings held on 24 September 2019.

Minutes:

The Committee agreed the minutes of the Licensing Sub Committee held on 24 September 2019.