Claire Perry, Licensing Partnership Manager,
presented a proposal to extend the licensing partnership to include
the London Borough (LB) of Bexley.
It was explained that the LB of Bexley had
been researching the feasibility of outsourcing its regulatory and
associated services, and had decided that the Licensing function
could be considered separately from the other regulatory services.
Officers from LB of Bexley and Maidstone BC had worked together to
formulate the proposal attached as appendix A to the report.
In response to questions Mrs Perry advised
The LB of Bexley was a unitary authority. If it were to join the
Licensing Partnership this would require the team to take on
additional licence types such as regulated stands, fireworks and
special treatments. However the LB of Bexley did not have
responsibility for taxis as this came under the remit of Transport
The Licensing Partnership would benefit from sharing knowledge and
use of documentation and paperwork.
The teams within the Licensing Partnership would be closely
monitored to pre-empt potential issues occurring. An additional
administration Officer would be added to the team in the first
year, and there was opportunity to pull in additional temporary
resources to respond to increases in workload.
During discussion the Head of Housing and
Community Services confirmed that:
The final decision on behalf of Maidstone BC sat with Communities,
Housing and Environment Committee as the decision maker for
strategic and policy matters.
Each Partnership authority was considered equal as each had an
equal vote and say regardless of the financial contribution
percentage made to the Partnership. This relationship was outlined
in the Licensing Partnership agreement.
RESOLVED: That the Communities, Housing and
Environment Committee be recommended to approve the enlargement of
the Licensing Partnership to include the London Borough of
Bexley’s Licensing Team functions as a fourth and equal
Duration of Meeting
6.30 p.m. to 7.04 p.m.
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