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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms A and B, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood

Contact: Democratic Services 

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364.

Membership

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, substitutes are not permitted to this Committee. 

Minutes:

Members noted that, as stated on the agenda, substitutes to this Committee were not permitted.

 

 

365.

Communications and apologies

(a)            Communications (if any) relating to business on the agenda.

 

(b)            Apologies for absence.

 

(c)        To receive presentations (if any) made in pursuance of a petition in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

 

In accordance with the Standing Order:-

 

No presentation shall exceed five minutes and consideration of the subject matter will normally take place at the next ordinary scheduled meeting of the Committee and not at this meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Brown, Heywood, Knell, Morris, L Silver, Swerling and Wayne.

Councillor Vince arrived after the meeting ended, at 10.14am, as she had been held up by the snowfall.

366.

Declarations of interest

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.  Members must also declare any other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they have in any matter to be considered at this meeting. The responsibility for declaring an interest rests solely with the member concerned.

 

Members must clearly state to the meeting the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other pecuniary interest or non‑pecuniary interest and the agenda item(s) to which it/they apply.

 

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are prescribed by the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as follows;

 

Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

 

 

 

Sponsorship

Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the relevant authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by a member in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses. This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

 

Contracts

Any contract which is made between the relevant person (or a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest) and the relevant authority— (a) under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and (b) which has not been fully discharged.

 

 

Land

Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the relevant authority.

 

 

Licences

Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer.

 

Corporate tenancies

Any tenancy where (to the member’s knowledge) - (a) the landlord is the relevant authority; and (b) the tenant is a body in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest.

 

 

Securities

Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where - (a) that body (to the member’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the relevant authority; and (b) either (i) the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In cases of disclosable pecuniary interest, Members must withdraw from the meeting room while the matter is being considered.

 

Minutes:

No Member had an interest to declare under any of the items of business on the agenda.

 

 

367.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 7 March 2017, 25 April 2017, the two meetings held on 17 May 2017, and meetings held on 6 September 2017, 1 November 2017, 6 November 2017 and 20 November 2017.

 

In accordance with the Constitution no discussion shall take place upon the minutes, except upon their accuracy.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on held on 7 March 2017, 25 April 2017, the two meetings held on 17 May 2017, and meetings held on 6 September 2017, 1 November 2017, 6 November 2017 and 20 November 2017 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

368.

PRIVATE HIRE AND HACKNEY CARRIAGE VEHICLE REGULATION - THE PUBLIC HEALTH ACT 1925 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To consider the ATTACHED report on the adoption of Section 76 of the Public Health Act 1925.

Minutes:

Report No. LIC/17/12 from the Chief Environmental Health Officer was received. The report suggested adoption of Section 76 of the Public Health Act 1925 so that the Council’s authorised officers could treat private property (such as railway car parks) in the same way as a public highway for enforcement action in respect of licensed vehicles.

 

RESOLVED that the Full Council be recommended to adopt Section 76 of the Public Health Act 1925.

Action by: Chief Environmental Health Officer

369.

FILM CLASSIFICATION GUIDELINES pdf icon PDF 96 KB

REPORT TO FOLLOW.

Minutes:

Report No. LIC/17/13 was received. The report suggested that powers be delegated to the Chief Environmental Health Officer to issue admission recommendations in respect of unrated films and to deal with requests for alternative recommendations, in consultation with the Head of Legal Services and the Licensing Committee Chair so that the Council could respond quickly and efficiently to such requests without the need to convene a meeting of the Licensing Committee. The report also proposed interim guideline for classification which would follow the British Board of Film Classification’s standards given that audiences would be familiar those national standards.

 

The Committee commented that, in recent months, applications for film classification had been received at short notice and raised a number of technical and logistical challenges. The Committee believed that delegating authority to Officers would streamline the process. The Committee suggested that, if needed, a Committee Member could be consulted as well as the Committee Chair.

 

RESOLVED that

i)         authority be delegated to the Chief Environmental Health Officer, in consultation with the Head of Legal and Democratic Services, the Licensing Committee Chair and, if needed, a Licensing Committee Member, to make recommendations and notifications on behalf of the licensing authority in respect of the admission of persons aged under 18 to the exhibition of films under section 20 of the Licensing Act 2003.

 

ii)       the interim guidelines in section 4 of this report be approved for use by Officers when exercising the above power.

Action by: Chief Environmental Health Officer

370.

Other Licensing Matters

To receive an oral update from the Chief Environmental Health Officer in respect of other licensing matters, including:

 

·       any enforcement matters relating to hackney carriage and private hire;

·       any matters regarding the Licensing Act 2003.

 

Minutes:

There were no other matters.

371.

Any other business which the Chairman considers urgent

In accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, amended by the Access to Information Act of 1985, no urgent business may be raised unless it has been approved by the Chair.  The item and reason for urgency must be announced at the start of the meeting.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

372.

Date of next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled to take place on 6 March 2018 at the Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, commencing at 10.00 am.

 

 

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled to be held on 6 March 2018 at the Civic Offices at 10 am. The Chair thanked Officers and Committee Members for their work this past year and wished everyone a happy Christmas and New Year.