Agenda and minutes

Licensing & Gambling Acts Committee - Thursday, 22nd February, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, The Arc, Clowne

Contact: Matthew Kerry  Governance Officer

No. Item


Apologies For Absence


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Will Fletcher and Lucy King.



Urgent Items of Business

To note any urgent items of business which the Chairman has consented to being considered under the provisions of Section 100(B) 4(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There were no urgent items of business to be considered.



Declarations of Interest

Members should declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and Non Statutory Interest as defined by the Members’ Code of Conduct in respect of:


a)  any business on the agenda

b)  any urgent additional items to be considered

c)  any matters arising out of those items

and if appropriate, withdraw from the meeting at the relevant time.


There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To consider the minutes of the last meeting held on 20th December 2022.


Moved by Councillor Mary Dooley and seconded by Councillor Rita Turner

RESOLVED that the minutes of a Licensing & Gambling Acts Committee held on 20th December 2022 be approved as a true and correct record.



Review of the Council's Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 526 KB

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The Licensing and Enforcement Officer briefly explained that under the Licencing Act 2003, Bolsover District Council was responsible for the administration and regulation of licences and certificates which authorised the following activities:


·       The sale and supply of alcohol;

·       The provision of regulated entertainment; and

·       The provision of late-night refreshment.


The Licensing and Enforcement outlined the four licensing objectives which were central to the regulatory regime created by the Act. These were:


·       The Prevention of Crime and Disorder;

·       The Prevention of Public Nuisance;

·       The Protection of Children from Harm;

·       Public Safety.


When discharging its functions, the Council, as a statutory Licensing Authority, would have to make decisions with a view to promoting the objectives listed above.


The Licensing Act 2003 imposed a statutory requirement upon the Council, to prepare and publish a Statement of Principles, alternatively referred to as a ‘Policy’, every five years.


The Licensing and Enforcement Officer explained that the Licencing Act 2003 required the Council to republish its Policy every five years. The current Policy had been published in 2019 and was due for renewal.


The Policy established a set of controls which the Council considered appropriate for the effective management of licensable activities within the District. The Policy would act as a guide for Members, applicants, responsible authorities, and members of the public, and aimed to promote fair, consistent, and proportionate decision making.


The Licensing and Enforcement Officer referred to the Draft Policy, which was attached to the report at Appendix 1, and the proposed amendments to the Statement of Principles of the Licensing Act 2003, which was attached to the report at Appendix 2. This had been included to increase clarity between the previous 2019 Policy and the current draft 2024 Policy.


The Licensing and Enforcement Officer highlighted that there had been little change on the number of licensed premises, with 255 licensed premises in 2024 and 254 in 2019. The number of complaints against licensed premises had also been consistent, with a drop in complaints registered during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and an increase following Pandemic lockdowns.



The Licensing and Enforcement Officer stated that research had shown that alcohol related health issues, alcohol related crime, and violence against women were all issues which were prevalent in the District. Whilst research had not highlighted licensed premises as a direct causation of these issues, modifications had been made to the Policy with the aim of making a positive contribution to the reduction of these issues.


The Licensing and Enforcement Officer also referred to the information regarding alcohol related crime. For 2023, there had been an overall increase across the District, but some areas had decreased. These figures had been produced by Derbyshire Constabulary in September 2023.  This increase could be seen across Derbyshire, with most local authorities having seen an increase in alcohol related crime during and/or after the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Licensing and Enforcement Officer noted this showed no correlation between alcohol related crime and the Policy, as more people were drinking alcohol at  ...  view the full minutes text for item LGAC5-23/24