Alicia Patterson – Head of Environmental Health – confirmed that all Licensing Authorities were required to publish a Licensing Policy in respect of their activities relating to the licensing of premises for the sale of alcohol, setting out the measures by which applications for alcohol licences would be considered.
The existing Licensing Policy was published in 2016. It was also a requirement that all Licensing Authorities reviewed their Licensing Policy every 5 years. The policy was due for renewal and an updated draft policy had been produced following internal and external consultation which ran from 1 December 2020 to 1 January 2021. The revised Licensing Policy 2021 – 26 was appended to the report.
A member query regarding a racial incident which took place in a Leek Public House in July 2020, together with a perceived rise in such instances, led to ask how the policy would deal with such incidents. Alicia confirmed that the policy allowed for each case to be looked at on an individual basis.
RESOLVED – That the Committee APPROVE the Council’s Licensing Policy 2021 – 26. This was confirmed by a unanimous named vote.