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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Massey (with no substitute).

 

Councillor M Brown was absent.

2.

Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 20 March 2017.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 20 March 2017, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or other interest, and nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

4.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - A.1 - Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Licences pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To inform the Sub-Committee of the number of drivers, vehicles and operators that are licensed with this Authority.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee noted the contents of a report (A.1) on the number of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers, vehicles and operators, licensed by the Council as at 23 May 2017, which was submitted for information only.

 

5.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - A.2 - Application for the Renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence - Adult Centre, 28 Orwell Road, Clacton-on-Sea pdf icon PDF 15 KB

To consider an application for the renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence held in respect of the above premises.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered an application (A.2) from Miss Amanda Allen for the renewal of the Sex Establishment Licence held in respect of the above premises.

 

Miss Allen was not present for this item.

 

The Council’s Licensing Manager (Simon Harvey) informed Members that the Applicant proposed that trading would take place between 10.00am and 8.00pm on Monday to Saturday and he also advised that the premises complied with the current conditions imposed, as set out in Appendix ‘A’ to item A.2 of the Report of the Corporate Director (Operational Services).

 

Members were informed that there had been no objections received from Essex Police and the local Ward Councillors. Residents in the neighbourhood considered likely to be affected by the application had been consulted and no objections had been received by the date of the meeting.

 

The Licensing Manager confirmed that notice of the application had been displayed on the premises in the prescribed manner and a public notice to that effect had been published in the local newspaper, as required by statute.

 

The Sub-Committee had before it, as set out in Appendix ‘B’ to the report, those grounds which were material to the determination of such an application, as set out in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

 

It was unanimously RESOLVED that the application for the renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence be granted, for one year, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix ‘A’ to item A.2 of the Report of the Corporate Director (Operational Services).

 

6.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - A.3 - Application for the Grant of permission to show unclassified films pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider an application for permission to show a number of short independently made films at the Harwich Electric Palace Theatre for the Harwich Film Festival which have not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee had before it a report (A.3), which advised it of an application for the grant of permission to show unclassified films at the Harwich Electric Theatre.

 

The applicant (Mr Offord) and one of his colleagues (Mr Theobold) were in attendance for this item and confirmed that a copy of the report had not been received. The Licensing Manager issued a copy of the report to Mr Offord and Mr Theobold and they were given some time to read it.

 

The Licensing Manager informed Members that the applicant, Mr Offord, who was the General Manager of the Harwich Festival, which would run from 22 June until 2 July 2017, had requested permission on behalf of the Harwich Festival to show a number of short independently made films at the Harwich Electric Palace Theatre as part of the festival entertainments programme but which had not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The project to show the films ran under the title of ‘Harwich Shorts’.

 

It was reported that the Harwich Festival was a combined Arts Festival which embraced, music, film, dance, literature, poetry and visual and performing arts. The “Harwich Shorts” project was to be an open screening of independent films made and produced from within the local community.

 

The Licensing Manager reminded Members that ordinarily films for cinema or other general or limited release/showing were classified by the BBFC. The BBFC would classify a film into a suitable age category for viewing which would depend on the content of the film.

 

Members were informed that Local Authorities did have the discretion to amend a classification made by the BBFC or grant a classification to an unclassified film if requested to do so. It was rare that this happened and the vast majority of films were classified by the BBFC. Occasionally there were times when films to be shown at an arts festival for example, or for a very limited release/showing would apply to the relevant Local Authority to classify the film, rather than the BBFC. Local Authorities could classify a film by virtue of Section 20 of the Licensing Act 2003, or in accordance with Home Office Circular 98/1982.

 

It was reported that the films Mr Offord wanted to show were a selection of short films from various independent filmmakers and artists. A list containing a synopsis of the short films had been submitted by Mr Offord and was attached as Appendix E.

 

It was further reported that Mr Offord had not requested the films to be classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as the cost would have made the project impossible. To classify films for theatrical showing with the BBFC would have cost , it was estimated, more than £1,000.

 

Members were informed that as the compilation of films which Mr Offord wished to screen did not have the benefit of a certificate, the consent of the Council was required before the films could be shown as stated in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To pass the following resolution:-

 

“That under Schedule 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the items of business to be considered below on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act:

 

(a)   Exempt Minutes of the Last Meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 20 March 2017;

 

(b)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - B.1 - Applications for the Renewal of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences;

 

(c)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.2 – Applications for the Grant of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences; and

 

(d)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.3 – Application for the Review of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence.”

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor White, seconded by Councillor V E Guglielmi and:

 

RESOLVED that the public be excluded from the meeting for the items of business to be considered below on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A, as amended, of the Act:

 

(a)   Exempt Minutes of the Last Meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 20 March 2017;

 

(b)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - B.1 - Applications for the Renewal of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences;

 

(c)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.2 – Applications for the Grant of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences; and

 

(d)   Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.3 – Application for the Review of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence.

 

 

8.

Exempt Minutes of the Last Meeting

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the exempt minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 20 March 2017.

Minutes:

The Exempt Minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee, held on 20 March 2017, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

 

9.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) - B.1 - Applications for the Renewal of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences

To consider applications for the Renewal of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences where offences have been disclosed. 

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered applications for the renewal of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences. The Sub-Committee’s resolutions are detailed in the exempt minutes of this meeting.

 

10.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.2 – Applications for the Grant of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences

To consider applications for the Grant of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences where offences have been disclosed.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee reviewed applications for the grant of Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers’ Licences. The Sub-Committee’s resolutions are detailed in the exempt minutes of this meeting.

 

11.

Report of Corporate Director (Operational Services) – B.3 – Application for the Review of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence

To consider an application for the Review of a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence and to determine what action, if any, is to be taken.

 

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee reviewed a named individual’s Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence. The Sub-Committee’s resolutions are detailed in the exempt minutes of this meeting.