Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee
Monday, 3rd December, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, St. Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG

Contact: James Mowbray, Electoral & Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a personal or prejudicial interest to declare in any of the items on this agenda.  If so, the nature of the interest must be declared at the start of the meeting.  In addition, the attached form must be completed and passed to the Committee Administrator.  The Officers will be pleased to advise, if necessary, and any request for assistance should be made, in the first instance, to the Committee Administrator whose name appears at the end of this agenda.  Ideally, such advice should be sought before the day of the meeting so that time is available to consider any uncertainty that might arise.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2018.  (Minutes attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 10 September 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.

Public Question Time

Public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that no public questions had been received.

4.

Review of Council's Cumulative Impact Assessment 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

To consider a report of the Director (LD) (Reference 18/182) attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Director (LD) (reference 18/182) regarding a Review of the Council’s Cumulative Impact Assessment 2019-2022. This followed a consultation period that saw 259 responses from members of the public. The Senior Licensing Officer (SLO) introduced the report and explained that in respect of the proposal to rescind the cumulative impact zone (CIZ) for Whitby there was evidence of long term improvement. When the CIZ was introduced in 2006 there were 200 reported violent incidents involving the police, in the year 2016-17 there were just 79. The review concluded that there was broad support for the reduction of the  CIZ in Scarborough, but disagreement with the proposal to abolish the CIZ in Whitby, where it was felt that the CIZ should be maintained, as concerns remained regarding the underreporting of crime and a sense that the area was vulnerable to increases in low level crime if the CIZ in Whitby were to cease. One member raised concerns about a repetitive theme running through the public responses, namely a lack of belief that reporting crime in these areas was worth the hassle, as nothing would get done anyway. The member also raised a long held view of theirs that the CIZ enabled badly managed existing premises to continue operating, at the expense of allowing new ventures to enter the market. Another member raised issue with the rapid expansion of micro-pubs, and the ability of these establishments to move into relatively small spaces not previously seen as viable drinking places. The SLO was appreciative of this point, but reminded members of code of conduct that micro-pubs have traditionally operated by. Nevertheless, the SLO cited the expanding micro-pub market in Whitby as a possible reason for maintaining the CIZ in that town. Another member agreed that the CIZ should be kept in Whitby, and that a review in three years provided enough time to look at this issue again in the future. The member also raised the point that while the night-time economy has become better behaved during the years since the CIZ was introduced, the daytime economy not currently covered by the CIZ is increasingly of some concern. This member also pointed to the fact that the Falsgrave area of Scarborough is seeing a sudden rise in the number of licensed premises, and would need to be reviewed again, were this trend to continue. The member also agreed with an earlier point regarding reluctance from the public to report crime. The SLO notified members that Pubwatch, an organisation that aims to combat anti-social behaviour around licensed premises, has requested that the Falsgrave area been monitored. Following this the view that crime goes unreported was further echoed by other members of the Committee. Another member raised the point of the Scarborough Town Centre Strategy, an ongoing project to make the centre of town both more desirable as a destination and more liveable to residents, and how the CIZ could assist with these efforts. The SLO confirmed that Licensing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.