Agenda and minutes
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The Chairman explained that the meeting would be conducted in accordance with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panel (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 No. 392.
In welcoming all Members and members of the public, the Chairman explained which Swale Borough Council officers were in attendance.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves or their spouse, civil partner or person with whom they are living with as a spouse or civil partner. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
The Chairman will ask Members if they have any interests to declare in respect of items on this agenda, under the following headings:
(a) Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI) under the Localism Act 2011. The nature as well as the existence of any such interest must be declared. After declaring a DPI, the Member must leave the meeting and not take part in the discussion or vote. This applies even if there is provision for public speaking.
(b) Disclosable Non Pecuniary (DNPI) under the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council in May 2012. The nature as well as the existence of any such interest must be declared. After declaring a DNPI interest, the Member may stay, speak and vote on the matter.
(c) Where it is possible that a fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts would conclude that there was a real possibility that the Member might be predetermined or biased the Member should declare their predetermination or bias and then leave the meeting while that item is considered.
Advice to Members: If any Councillor has any doubt about the existence or nature of any DPI or DNPI which he/she may have in any item on this agenda, he/she should seek advice from the Monitoring Officer, the Head of Legal or from other Solicitors in Legal Services as early as possible, and in advance of the Meeting.
No interests were declared.
Part B Minutes for Information
The Licensing Officer introduced the report which set-out information and guidance on a new draft Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 which required Members’ comments and approval, prior to formal public consultation. She explained that local authorities were required to publish a statement of their licensing policy every five years, and the current Statement of Licensing Policy expired on 16 December 2020. The Licensing Officer said the proposed changes to the Policy, set-out in Appendix II of the report were minor or administrative in nature. There would be a 4-week consultation from 25 January 2021 to 19 February 2021. The Licensing Officer added that the results of the consultation would be submitted to the Licensing Act 2003 Committee on 11 March 2021, prior to formal adoption by Full Council on 31 March 2021.
Members were invited to ask questions and make comments.
A Member noted that Appendix I on pages 45, 46 and 47 should be labelled as Appendix II.
A Member congratulated officers on producing the report.
(1) That following consideration of the draft policy for consultation, the minor amendment above be noted.
(2) That the consultation process as outlined be noted and officers be instructed to proceed with the same.