The Council considered a report of the Head of Legal and Democratic Services which sought a change to the current provisions in the Constitution relating to the Licensing and Highways and Committee structure which would enable a more efficient and economic provision of the service (for copy see file of Minutes).
The Head of Legal and Democratic Services informed the Council that the changes identified in the report had been constructed in the interests of efficiency. The removal of political balance on licensing sub-committees was proposed to avoid difficulties of obtaining a quorate sub-committee to do business.
Moved by Councillor B Young, Seconded by Councillor Carr and
That the Council agree:
the provisions set out
in Appendix 3 replace those in Appendix 2.
(ii) that where it is in order and expedient to do so, for hearings required to be held for the business of the General Licensing and Registration Committee to be combined with hearings of the Statutory Committee and its members enabled to conduct the same - this is to reduce cost, have one meeting instead of two but only when appropriate
(iii) all members of the General Licensing and Registration Committee receive the same training to ensure that each person understands the parameters within which all have to operate
(iv) that the current provision for Common Land and Town and Village Greens be removed from the business of the General Licensing and Registration Committee and be dealt with by the Highways Committee adding to the Highways Committee’s the function relating to the registration of common land and town and village greens
(v) political balance on the sub-committees of the General Licensing and Registration Committee be removed