Agenda and minutes
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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 11th October 2016
The minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 2016, copies of which had been circulated, were taken as read, and having been approved were signed by the Chairman as a correct record of the proceedings.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Jason Baker and Tony Lock.
Declarations of Interest
In accordance with the Council's current Code of Conduct (adopted July 2012), which includes all the provisions relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI), personal and prejudicial interests, Members are asked to declare any DPI and also any personal interests (and whether or not such personal interests are also "prejudicial") in relation to any matter on the Agenda for this meeting. A DPI is defined in The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012 No. 1464) and Appendix 3 of the Council’s Code of Conduct. A personal interest is defined in paragraph 2.8 of the Code and a prejudicial interest is defined in paragraph 2.9. In the interests of complete transparency, Members of the County Council, who are not also members of this committee, are encouraged to declare any interests they may have in any matters being discussed even though they may not be under any obligation to do so under any relevant code of conduct.
There were no declarations of interest.
Public Participation at Committees
a) Questions/comments from members of the public
This is a chance for members of the public and representatives of Parish/Town Councils to participate in the meeting by asking questions, making comments and raising matters of concern.
No questions of comments were raised by members of the public.
The Licensing Manager introduced the report and explained that the Street Trading Policy had been in place since 2010 and despite some difficulties and severe representations prior to the policy being adopted it had worked well and been successful.
He informed members that the current policy had been reviewed and the draft policy had been the subject of a Scrutiny Task & Finish Group. The new draft Street Trading Policy was currently out for consultation and he was proposing to bring the results of the consultation to the February Licensing Committee meeting.
He highlighted the major changes to the policy as outlined on page 5 of the agenda.
In response to questions, members noted the following:
· The consultation period was for 8 weeks and ended on 4th February;
· Mobile traders were inspected at the same time as their premises and undergo the same inspection regime;
· Ice cream sellers were already heavily regulated;
· It was acknowledged that there were some safeguarding issues associated with ice cream sellers and it was felt that they should be of certain standard and subject to criminal checks;
· Most street traders also had a food hygiene rating;
· It was not a legal requirement at the present time for premises to display their food hygiene rating but would be in the future;
· Food hygiene rating labels were a standard size set by the government.
At the conclusion of the discussion, members were content to approve the recommendations of the report.
Members noted that the next meeting of the Licensing Committee would be held on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 10.00am at Brympton Way, Yeovil.