Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Wednesday, 18th October, 2023 5.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

8.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors M W Moorhouse and M P Porter.

9.

Appointment of Substitute Members

To note appointments of Substitute Members.

Minutes:

There were no substitute members appointed.

10.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor D G Beaney declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in agenda item 13 by reason that he was the joint owner of The Crown Inn public house, Finglesham and would leave the meeting for consideration of the item.

 

Councillor O C de R Richardson declared an Other Significant Interest in agenda item 13 by reason that his son was the owner of The Elephant and Hind public house, Dover and would leave the meeting for consideration of the item.

 

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To confirm the attached Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 May 2023.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 30 May 2023 were approved as a correct record for signing by the Vice-Chairman.

12.

Minutes of Sub-Committee Meetings pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive the attached minutes of the meetings of the Licensing Sub-Committees held on 3 March, 26 April, 2 May, 20 June and 21 July 2023.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meetings of the Licensing Sub-Committees held on 3 March, 26 April, 2 May, 20 June and 21 July 2023 were received by the Committee.

13.

FEES AND CHARGES 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider the attached report of the Head of Legal and Licensing.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the Fees and Charges 2024/25 report of the Head of Legal and Licensing and presented by the Licensing Manager which set out the fees and charges for the financial year 2024/25 relevant to the Licensing Authority. The Licensing Act fees were set by Government and the fees set under the Gambling Act were capped by Government and set within the guidelines.

 

RESOLVED:     (a)      That the Fees and Charges for 2024/25 as set out in Appendix                                     3 be APPROVED.

                         

                          (b)      That Members approved the general principle that fees are set at an appropriate inclusive level, irrespective of VAT status, and that the VAT element within the overall fee level is then determined.

 

(c)      That Members approve the general principle that, unless the fee is set by statute, licensing fees will be set on a cost recovery basis.

 

(d)      That the Head of Legal and Licensing be authorised to adopt fees at, or close to government directed levels without the need for further reporting, in cases where the Council is awaiting Government guidance and it has not been possible to set a fee level at this stage.

 

(e)      That the Head of Legal and Licensing be authorised in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Transport, Licensing and Environmental Services and the Strategic Director (Corporate and Regulatory) to make minor adjustments to the fees and charges as necessary.