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Meeting of the Council held on 18/02/2003
REPORT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY COMMITTEE HELD ON 13TH JANUARY 2003



WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

LICENSING AND REGULATORY COMMITTEE
13TH JANUARY 2003

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON 18TH FEBRUARY 2003


PART I – Reports containing recommendations for decision by the Council

PART II – Matters reported in detail for the information of the Council

There are no matters falling within these categories.

PART III – Brief summaries of other matters dealt with

Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

Report Item H below contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded. The information is as specified in Paragraph 4 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-

Information relating to any particular applicant for, or recipient or former recipient of, any service provided by the authority.

Background Papers

The background papers relating to the following report items are as specified in the agenda for the meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.

A. APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCE TO OPERATE RIDING ESTABLISHMENTS
[Wards Affected: Farnham Upper Hale
and Elstead, Peperharow and Thursley]

Your Committee has considered two applications for licences to operate riding establishments and has granted these as follows:-

1. a provisional three month licence to Mr Carl Belson in respect of Old Park Stables, Old Park Lane, Farnham, until such time as the horses to be provided at the establishment have been inspected by the Council's Veterinary Officer; and

2. a licence to Mr Sam Martin in respect of the Haybarn, Dye House Road, Thursley.

B. DRAFT GENERAL FUND REVENUE ESTIMATES 2003/2004
[Wards Affected: N/A]

Your Committee has given final approval its draft general fund revenue estimates for 2003/2004, as shown at Appendix C to the agenda.


C. TRANSFER OF LIQUOR LICENSING TO WAVERLEY
[Wards Affected: N/A]

C.1 Your Committee has received a report giving an initial view of the implications of the changes to the liquor-licensing regime set out in the Licensing Bill 2002. The Committee recognised that until the Bill progresses further it would be difficult to assess the full implications for Waverley. However, in the meantime it was agreed to propose to the Executive that:-

1. a footnote be added to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee revenue estimates for 2003/2004 explaining the potential major part-year implications which cannot yet be quantified;

2. the need for the bid for a half-time Licensing Enforcement post be re-enforced to the Executive;

3. as Waverley is covered by Guildford Licensing Justices, agreeing to approach Guildford Borough Council to open joint discussions with the Justices on arrangements for transfer; and

4. accelerating the development of closer links with Surrey Police and Fire and Rescue Service included in the FSR action plan and establishing a Local Licensing Forum, with representatives from all parties and organisations and including the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.

C.2 In addition, the Committee also agreed to pass the following observations to the Executive for its meeting on 14th January 2003, that:-

1. the Committee wished to stress the importance of keeping the new arrangements manageable and at reasonable cost for charities, voluntary groups, churches, schools etc, and the need to preserve valuable traditions – such as sports and social clubs, Working Mens' Clubs and the Royal British Legion; and

D. PRIVATE HIRE OPERATORS LICENCES – NEW CASE LAW
[Wards Affected: N/A]

D.1 Your Committee has been informed of recent case law which affects the way the Council licenses proprietors of hackney carriages (taxis) in their use of telephone bookings. The Committee noted the effect of the new case law in terms of its own potential loss of income and its application in respect of the need for Private Hire Operator Licences when managing Private Hire vehicle bookings only.

D.2 The Committee agreed that the licence should no longer be required for hackney carriage (taxi) proprietors using their vehicles purely for hackney carriage work in the future and authorised officers to make the appropriate refunds for licences granted in the current and last financial year, and that the Executive be requested to make the appropriate adjustment to the estimates.


E. RENEWAL OF ANNUAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENCES
[Wards Affected: All Town Wards]

Your Committee has considered unopposed applications for the renewal of annual public entertainment licences for the licensing year from 1st November 2002 to 31st October 2003, and granted licences for the premises set out below:-

1. Godalming Leisure Centre, Summers Road, Godalming;
2. Cranleigh Leisure Centre, Village Way, Cranleigh;
3. Haslemere Hotel, Lower Street, Haslemere; and
4. Duke of Cambridge, East Street, Farnham.

F. CONSULTATION ON VARIATION OF PERMITTED HOURS IN PUBLIC HOUSES
[Wards Affected: All]

Your Committee has been invited to make comments to the Licensing Justices on an application for a variation of morning opening hours at Wetherspoons Public Houses, of which there are two in Waverley – in Godalming and Haslemere High Streets. A variation of opening hours could be adopted by other licensed premises in the Waverley area, if approved. Your Committee had no objection to an earlier opening time and had no observations it wished to pass to the Executive to consider at its meeting on 14th January 2003.

G. ACTION TAKEN SINCE LAST MEETING

Your Committee has noted the action taken by the Chief Executive since the meeting on 18th December 2002, following consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

H. APPLICATIONS FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE/PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS' LICENCES
[Wards Affected: N/A]

Your Committee has considered, with press and public excluded, applications for the grant of hackney carriage/private hire driver's licences. Having given consideration to the details set out in the reports (referred to at Exempt Appendices H, I and J to the agenda) and interviewing the applicants, your Committee has granted two licences and refused one application.

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