Agenda and minutes

Licensing Regulatory Committee - Monday, 4 November 2019 2.00 p.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

LR/6

Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 10 June 2019 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 10 June 2019.

LR/7

Minutes of Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To receive the minutes of the meetings of Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees held on 14 June 2019, 29 July 2019 (copies attached) and for the Chairmen of the appropriate Sub-Committees to sign, as correct records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meetings of the Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees held on 14 June and 29 July 2019 be received and the Chairmen of the relevant Sub-Committees be authorised to sign as correct records.  

LR/8

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

LR/9

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the Agenda.

LR/10

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That it be noted that no questions, representations, deputations or petitions had been received in respect of this meeting.

LR/11

Review of Licensing Fees and Charges 2020/2021 and Draft Budget pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider the review of Licensing Fees and Charges for 2020/21 and Draft Budget for this service area.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) presented a report which outlined the review of the Licensing Fees and Charges for 2020/21 and the draft budget for the service area. He drew Members’ attention to an updated version of Appendix 1, to the report, which had been circulated prior to the meeting. The update had been provided, following a request from the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, to include the percentage increase/decrease from the previous year’s Fees and Charges.

 

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) outlined the annual review of licensing fees and charges and explained that a significant proportion of licences issued by the Council were based on cost recovery, however, some licence fee costs had not been fully recovered for a number of years. He explained that a further review of the cost base would be undertaken with the aim of achieving the position where the income and expenditure, of locally set fees, were equal. The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) went on to inform Members that there had been a programme of ongoing review of internal recharges and other costs and that this, with the improvements which would be brought to the service through the implementation of Customer Connect, was deemed to be the most viable to achieve the balance between service income and expenditure.

 

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) drew Members’ attention to Appendix 4 to the report which detailed the estimates for the 2020/21 draft budget. He explained that the detailed estimates would change throughout the budget setting process due to: Customer Connect implementation; incremental progression on salary costs and the assumed pay award; inflation on costs; and a review of base expenditure for cost reductions.

 

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) responded to questions raised by Members.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the recommended fees for the financial year 2020/21, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, and subject to approval by Council as part of the final budget-setting process, be endorsed; and

 

(2)        the following be noted:-

 

(a)        the nationally-set fees for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 2 to the report; and

 

(b)        the latest draft budget estimates including the fees and charges for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, prior to submission to Council for approval as part of the final budget report.