Agenda and minutes

Licensing Acts Committee - Tuesday, 26 January 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: This is a virtual meeting.

Contact: Michael Flowers  Graduate Trainee Democratic and Electoral Services Officer

No. Item


Apologies for absence

To record apologies for absence. 


Councillors Peter Dragonetti, Leigh Rawlins and Jo Robb tendered apologies.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To adopt and sign as a correct record the Licensing Acts Committee minutes of the meeting held on the 14th December 2020. 


RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the meeting held on the 14th December 2020 as a correct record and agree that the Chair sign these as such.



Declaration of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting. 


Councillor Lorraine Hillier declared an interest in item six as she is a business owner of a café in Henley-on-Thames and had been considering applying for a licence to sell alcohol on her premises. Councillor Hillier would withdraw for the duration of the item and would leave the meeting and not take part in the debate or vote.



Urgent business and chairman's announcements

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chairman. 




Public participation

To receive any questions or statements from members of the public that have registered to speak. 




Review of Joint Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Housing and Environment presented by the Licensing and Community Safety Manager.


Additional documents:


The Licensing and Community Safety Manager introduced the report. The committee was asked to consider the outcome of the consultation following the review of the Joint Statement of Licensing Policy and adopt the officer’s recommendations outlined in the report. The council had a statutory duty to review the policy every five years. While the new proposed policy had no significant changes, there were minor amendments which aligned the policy with current guidance. In addition, the format had been amended to separate the different application types to assist applicants when reading the policy. A public consultation was conducted from 23 November to 17 December 2020.  Responsible authorities, district councillors, local town and parish councils and relevant trade organisations were all included in the consultation process. While only a small number of responses were received, they were incorporated into the draft policy.


Councillors unanimously agreed that the amendments made were positive and that changes to the format of the policy would be a particular benefit for applicants with regards to ease of access. Members also expressed gratitude to officers for the work that had been put into the policy.


A motion moved and seconded to support the officer’s recommendations was declared carried on being put to the vote.


RESOLVED: to recommend to Council to:


(i)           authorise the Head of Housing and Environment to make minor editorial changes to the Joint Statement of Licensing Policy, and

(ii)         adopt the proposed Joint Statement of Licensing Policy with effect from 12 February 2021.