Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Community Safety Committee - Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual - Online meeting. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

Note: If you wish to attend or address the Committee please email by noon Monday 13 July 2020. This will be a virtual meeting and will be conducted in line with The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 


No. Item


Virtual meetings procedure - briefing and etiquette

Chair to report.


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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Campbell, Cann and Orange.


To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2020 (attached) pdf icon PDF 217 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 14th January 2020 (circulated previously) be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Declarations of Interests


There were no declarations of interest announced.


Community Impact Assessment - Covid 19 pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Presentation by Head of Environmental Health and Housing.


The Head of Environmental Health and Housing gave the Committee an update on the impact of Covid-19 on the community as follows:


·         The community assessment impact report (circulated previously) gave an insight into the work carried out by Officers during the Covid-19 crisis as well as the work carried out to help businesses with their re-commencement of activities and in particular highlighted the re-opening of the hospitality trade on 4th July 2020

·         As a result of the hospitality trade recommencing its business more than a 1000 food businesses had started to re-trade, 700 of which were licensed

·         400 hotels had re-opened and 150 campsites had recommenced business

·         The report was broken down into four areas, Social impacts, health impacts, Wider economy impacts and environmental impacts

·         Central Government had devolved management of local outbreaks of Covid-19 to local authorities, with Devon County Council being the Health authority of Devon

·         A newly created Health Protection Board had been set up which was responsible for putting into place actions mitigating against any local outbreaks of Covid-19

·         Local businesses would receive cards with measures that could be taken to help limit the spread of Covid-19 and as a local authority our role would be to help support businesses to put those measures into practice

·         There had been an increased level of support given to businesses by Officers in the regulatory services helping business to adapt and giving advice

·         Officers had to be prepared to adapt to different behaviours, as witnessed at Bournemouth when large numbers of people visited the beach, so that appropriate actions could be taken to mitigate situations


In response to a question requesting clarification of the role the local authority was to play in the management of out breaks of Covid-19.  The Head of Environmental Health and Housing advised that the responsibility for this management was at County level so if there was an outbreak at a hospital for example Devon County Council would manage this.  If there was an outbreak in a shared house or a campsite then North Devon Council would take on the role of managing the outbreak of Covid-19 cases.


In response to the news that face masks were to be made mandatory to wear in shops and who was going to enforce this.  The Head of Housing and Environmental Health explained that the Communications team would cascade out the message to wear a mask but that it was for the Police to enforce.  There was to be a meeting of the Health Protection Board later that day and further updates or information would be fed back to Committee members.


In response to a concern over how the already stretched Police authority were to cope with the task of enforcing the wearing of face masks the Head of Environmental Health and Housing advised that he suspected the Police would deploy their services in areas where the greater risk of harm lay and that he would take a closer look at the guidance to provide notes to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.


Business and Planning Bill 2020

Presentation by Public Protection Manager.


The Public Protection Manager gave a presentation on the new Business and Planning 2020 Bill as follows:


·         The Business and Planning Bill 2020 could become law on 20th July 2020, two elements within the Bill were alcohol licensing and pavement licensing and this was the focus of the presentation

·         The Bill made provision for the promotion of economic recovery and growth

·         The Alcohol Licensing changes would see the authorisation for ‘off-sales’ applicable to all premises licences where currently only ‘on-sales’ were made, the one exception would be clubs

·         This extended provision would apply as long as no disqualifying event had occurred in relation to the licence with the last three years

·         A disqualifying event could  be one of three things; the licensing authority had refused to grant a premises licence authorising ‘off-sales’, the authority had refused to vary the premises licence so as to authorise ‘off-sales’ and the licence was varied or modified so as to exclude ‘off-sales’

·         Conditions already in place on a premises licence would have those conditions temporarily suspended

·         Any responsible authority would now be able to request a summary review of ‘off-sales’ where it was relevant to the licensing objectives.  A review would only be able to consider the permission for ‘off-sales’, and no other conditions on the licence may be revoked under this review

·         A right of appeal on decisions made under a review was allowable

·         These changes would only be temporary and would automatically expire on 30 September 2021


Over a concern raised that this amendment to allow ‘off-sales’ could encourage drinking in public places the Public Health Protection Manager explained that the Pavement Licensing provisions went some way toward alleviating this concern.  Areas that were pedestrianised were covered under the provision.  An ‘off-sales’ review could look into the situation and offer mitigating actions to be taken.  North Devon Council needed to ensure clear guidance was available to avoid any uncertainty on what was appropriate behaviour, for example the types of vessels used such as polycarbonate not glass.


In response to a question about what would happen in those towns that currently had alcohol free zones in place.  The Public Health Protection Manager replied that under Section 115E of the Highways Act 1980 you would be exempt from creating an offence, however this appeared to have been missed out of the new provisions and clarification had been sought from the Local Government Association on this omission.  Police would have to make local decisions under the new policy on whether they would take enforcement action.  It was hoped that an amendment would be made to the Bill before approved.  In essence if there was a nuisance being created as a result of consumption of alcohol then those causing the nuisance could be asked to surrender their alcohol by a Police officer.  As well as part of the application pack the licensed premises would have a poster to display to give the guidance to customers advising that alcohol could be requested to be surrendered if  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.


Community Safety Work during Covid-19 Pandemic


The Community Protection Officer gave the Committee a presentation on the community safety work undertaken during the Covid-19 crisis.  The following points were taken from the presentation given:

·         The Police were diverted to deal with reports of second home owners travelling to the area during lockdown restrictions

·         Briefings that were attended on the offences seen in Devon showed issues arose that were unforeseen

·         Crime had reduced by 15.5% against the same time last year

·         Year on year domestic abuse crimes had dropped by 25% but calls to domestic abuse services had increased dramatically during the lockdown period

·         Activity of County Lines and drug supply had shown a change in behaviours as the drugs were still arriving in the area albeit in a different manner

·         The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) had made funding available for extra resources to be deployed at seaside resorts

·         Two bids were successful for Croyde and Woolacombe, a sum of just over £19,000 had been awarded for each of the areas

·         Beach Marshalls were to be employed for a total of 7 hours a day for 10 weeks

·         The Beach Marshalls would wear high vis vests and provide advice to members of the public and where appropriate health and safety information in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

·         There would be a briefing session held daily to discuss any issues arising

·         The Beach owners would be invited to briefings so they were fully aware of any action that would be needed

·         Posters were to be displayed prominently giving advice on washing hands and restrictions that may be in place on the use of barbeques on beaches


In response to a question about the effectiveness of the non-emergency phone line to report crime to the Police the Community Partnership Safety Officer advised that reporting crime online was an alternative to the busy 101 number.


In response to a question about other areas needing extra support the Community Partnership Safety Officer replied that Croyde and Woolacombe had come out on top for the need for extra resources and that in the event of a downturn in activity the Marshalls could be used elsewhere, working alongside the Police.



Licensing and Community Safety Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To consider and adopt the minutes of the following meeting:



Licensing Sub-Committee D: 26 February 2020 (attached)



RESOLVED that the minutes of the Licensing and Community Safety Sub-Committee D meeting held on 26th February 2020 (circulated previously be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair of the Sub-Committee.