Dundee Licensing Forum - 03/09/2013
At a MEETING of the DUNDEE LICENSING FORUM held at Dundee on 3rd September, 2013.
Mr Pete HARVEY, Licence Holder
Mr Bryan COLEMAN, Police Scotland
Ms Vered HOPKINS, ADP Support Team
Mr Jonathan STEWART, Licence Holder
Ms Morag BEATTIE, DUNCAN Project
Mr Paul SNAITH, Licence Holder
Ms Yvonne TOSH/Garvie JAMIESON, Community Representatives
Dr Lucy DENVIR, NHS
Mr Michael ROBB, Dundee Youth Council
Dundee Licensing Board
Councillor Brian GORDON
Pete HARVEY in the Chair.
It was reported that Dr Lucy Denvir would replace Dr Paul Ballard as the NHS representative on the Forum.
II MINUTE OF MEETING OF DUNDEE LICENSING FORUM OF 4TH JUNE, 2013
The minute of the above meeting was submitted and approved.
III MATTERS ARISING
On a reference to Article VI of the minute, Violence Against Women and Licensing, it was reported that Kathryn Sharp (VAWP) had been unable to attend this meeting but would attend the next scheduled meeting on 3rd December 2013.
IV COMMUNITY CONSULTATION ON ALCOHOL
It was reported that under the auspices of the Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), statutory agencies were currently building a community alcohol profile which analysed the provision of liquor licences, the overall availability of alcohol and alcohol related health and social harm within the city. The aim was to present the partnership evidence to Dundee Licensing Board in December 2013 when the new Licensing Board policy and local overprovision statement must be agreed.
There was submitted a Briefing Paper detailing community consultation with a wide range of community groups over May and June 2013 and the findings of this consultation.
There had also been an Online Community Alcohol Questionnaire attempting to gauge community views on alcohol availability and the factors that influence alcohol purchased locally.
One particular issue highlighted in discussion with all community groups was the strength of support voiced for greater community involvement in the licensing process, specifically in respect of engagement with the Licensing Board and their decision making process.
All the survey results were currently being analysed and a report on the full survey would be developed to support the overall consultation process.
IV CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ON-SALES TRADING HOURS
On a reference to Article VII of the minute of meeting of the Forum of 4th June, there was submitted a copy of the Forums response to the Board on this issue.
Jonathan Stewart outlined the position of the Dundee Licensed Trade Association, and there followed a further discussion whereby it was again clear that there were a range of viewpoints across the Forum.
Again the problem of on-sales and pre-loading was highlighted, as was the fact that by far the vast majority of on-trade licence holders operated in a social responsible manner.
VI REVIEW OF STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY 2013-2016
It was noted that in addition to the consultation currently being undertaken in regard to the Boards policy on opening hours for licensed premises, in terms of Section 6 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, the Board was obliged to review the remainder of its Statement of Licensing Policy by the end of 2013. At its meeting on 22nd August the Board remitted to the Clerk to make the necessary arrangements for the carrying out of a consultation with the statutory list of interested parties and any other appropriate persons and that a report thereon is submitted to the Board at its meeting on 14th November 2013. The consultation period runs until Friday 25th October 2013. In particular, this will focus on whether there are any areas within the city which may be overprovided with licensed premises.
The Forum agreed that an additional meeting of the Forum be called for Tuesday 22nd October. At this meeting Vered Hopkins/Carole Robertson would give a presentation on the work done so far on overprovision, in order to inform the Forum and assist it to make a response to the Board on this issue. Prior to this meeting the Secretary would circulate a copy of the Boards existing policy.
VI DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled meeting would take place on Tuesday, 3rd December at 2 pm (Joint Meeting with the Licensing Board).
Peter HARVEY, Convener