Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: The Guildhall, St Peter's Place, Canterbury

Contact: Pippa Tritton  01227 862 009, Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

158.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Kenny and Spooner.

159.

Substitute Councillors

Minutes:

Councillor Caffery was present as substitute for Councillor Kenny.

160.

Declaration of any interests

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made by councillors or officers.

161.

Public participation

The public are welcome to speak to the Committee about any agenda item provided that they give notice to Democratic Services by no later than 12.30 pm the working day before the meeting. They will have a maximum of three minutes to speak.

 

Minutes:

There were no members of the public present.

162.

Minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 69 KB

TO CONFIRM as a true record the minutes of the meeting held on 4 July 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 4 July 2018 were agreed and signed by the Chairman as a true record.

163.

Annual reports from responsible authorities 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

TO RECEIVE written or verbal updates from the following organisations:

        

a)      Local Authority

b)     Kent Police

c)      Planning

d)     Environmental Health

e)      Kent Fire and Rescue

f)      Health and Safety

g)     Trading Standards

h)     Child Protection Agency

i)       Primary Care Trust

j)      Home Office Immigration Services

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

42.1Local Authority

 

The Chairman drew attention to the report of Doug Rattray, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods and the report of the local authority that would be published to the council’s website shortly after the meeting. This gave an update on the work of councillors and officers since the last meeting, detailed the proposed business and projects that need to be addressed in the next 12m months and detailed some examples of enforcement operations and outcomes which had taken place over the last year.

 

42.2Kent Police

 

A written update had been provided but the officer had been unable to attend the meeting.

 

42.3Planning

 

No response had been received.

 

42.4Environmental Health

 

No response had been received.

 

42.5Kent Fire and Rescue

 

No response had been received.

 

42.6Health and Safety

 

No response had been received.

 

42.7Trading Standards

 

A written update had been provided but the officer had been unable to attend.

 

42.8Child Protection Agency

 

No response had been received.

 

42.9Primary Care Trust

 

No response had been received.

 

42.10    Home Office Immigration Services

 

No response had been received.

 

Councillors welcomed the report from the Head of Safer Neighbourhoods and thanked all staff involved throughout the year. Additional comments included:

 

·         It was queried whether there would be incentives for taxis to switch to electric vehicles. Officers confirmed that there would be a reduction in fees for electric and ‘cleaner’ vehicles together with free use of the electric vehicle charging points.

·         The core hours within the licensing policy has reduced the number of hearings the Licensing Sub-Committee, which was positive.

·         Members were pleased to see the joint working between the planning and licensing teams.

·         When councillors make a representation on a licence application, it was reiterated that there was an acute need for evidence to enable the Licensing Sub-Committee to help the council to make an informed decision.

·         Members were pleased that the Licensing Enforcement Officer had been appointed.

·         It was disappointing that a representative from Kent Police could not have been in attendance to answer questions of the committee.

·         Concerns were raised regarding the number of betting shops and fixed odd betting terminals.  It was confirmed that the government would be assessing this matter, however the Canterbury district have a low number of betting shops and the licensing team periodically reminded them of their duties to the public.

164.

Any other urgent business to be dealt with in public

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business to be dealt with in public.

165.

Exclusion of the press and public

TO CONSIDER – whether to exclude the public from all or part of the Hearing where the Committee consider that the public interest in so doing outweighs the public interest in that Hearing, or that part of the Hearing, taking place in public.

 

(This matter may also be raised at any time during the Hearing.)

 

(Where a Hearing takes place with the public excluded, audio recording will not take place whilst the public are so excluded.)

 

166.

Any other urgent business which falls under the exempt provisions of the local government act 1972 or the freedom of information act 2000 or both

Minutes:

There was no other urgent business which fell under the exempt provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or both.