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Policy changes

Open Consultation

Statement of Licensing Policy

The Licensing Act 2003 requires Medway Council as the Licensing Authority to determine and publish its Statement of Licensing Policy at least every five years, to keep it under review and make such revisions to it, as it considers appropriate.

The policy has several aims. It sets out how the council approaches its licensing responsibilities and aims to promote the four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, which are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The Prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

This policy will apply when the Licensing Authority is making decisions about applications for:

  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the wholesale of alcohol to members of the public
  • the supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am

The current Statement of Licensing Policy has been in place with the council since 1 May 2013.

The draft policy provides best practice management advice for venue operators (prepared in conjunction with partner agencies such as the police authority, trading standards, environmental health, safeguarding board, public health, fire authority and more).

The main changes proposed in the draft policy for consultation are summarised below:

  • Links to Corporate Plan are inserted setting out visions and values to reflect local policy direction and key aims and objectives of strategic partners within the borough
  • The expectations for applicants to demonstrate their social responsibility, particularly in areas affected by street drinking
  • includes additional guidance on the protection of children from harm to improve links to child protection
  • A new section on Cumulative Impact Policies to provide clarity on these policies with respect to the determination of applications, Medway has no such policies in place currently
  • Inclusion of public health information throughout policy for information and guidance

The policy is relevant to prospective and current licensed operators, responsible authorities under the Licensing Act, agencies and other persons affected by proposed applications.

Comments can be made to licensing@medway.gov.uk or sent by post to

Licensing Team, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR. alternatively, come along to St Georges Centre on Thursday 23 November and Tuesday 9 January when staff will be available to answer any questions between the hours of 09:30 and 16:30.

 

All responses must be received by Wednesday 31 January 2018, these responses will then be taken into account in the revised Policy. Full Council will then consider the revised Policy on 26 April 2018 for adoption. The final statement will be published on 1 May 2018.

 

Consultation Documents:

 

Draft Policy

Appendix 1 - Licensed Activities

Appendix 2 - Deregulation of regulated entertainment

Appendix 3 - Temporary Event Notice

Appendix 4 - Cumulative Impact & Stress Area Policies

Appendix 5 - Mandatory Conditions

Appendix 6 - Suggested Conditions

Appendix 7 - Good Practice

Appendix 8 - Useful Information Links

Appendix 9 - Delegated Functions

Appendix 10 - Responsible Authorities

Appendix 11 - Alcohol and Health

Appendix 12 - Child Safeguarding and Child Sexual Exploitation

Appendix 13 - Council Policies and Plans

 

To respond please use the downloadable form below:

Consultation

 

Alternatively, you may wish to complete the online document:

https://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/surveys/PH/licensing-policy-survey/

 

Closed consultation

Variation of Authorised Tariffs for Hackney Carriages

 

Pursuant to Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 the Council proposes to vary the existing authorised tariff one.                                                   

Any objections to the proposed variations to the Fares should be made in writing addressed to the Licensing and Local Land Charges Manager, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR by 9th November 2017.