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Declarations of Interest, if any.
No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Licensing Committee meeting held on 16th June 2022, be approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.
The Committee considered a report, introduced by David Smith, Licensing Officer, which provided an overview of the outcome of a public consultation exercise undertaken in September 2022 to review the three existing Cumulative Impact Areas (CIAs) in Doncaster, as detailed at Appendix B to the report.
It was noted that the Council was required by statue to carry out an assessment of any Cumulative Impact of licenced premises in its area every 3 years to ensure that they remained relevant and properly reflected the area to which they applied, and evidence the Council’s decision by publishing a Cumulative Impact Assessment.
The Licensing Officer confirmed that a public consultation regarding the Cumulative Impact Areas had taken place in September 2022. The report outlined the consultation process, the list of consultees, including statutory consultees, licensing holders and resident’s representatives, and a breakdown of the responses received in relation to the questions posed in the questionnaire. The Committee was asked to consider whether the evidence received following the consultation supports that the existing Cumulative Impact areas should remain, be amended or removed.
30 responses had been received during the 8-week consultation process. The majority (70%) of respondents had indicated that the Cumulative Impact Areas should remain unchanged. Details of the questions and responses to each of the questions posed were set out at Appendix B of the report.
Public Health and South Yorkshire Police, responsible authorities had responded to the consultation, and both had indicated that they were supportive of retaining the current CIAs.
Public Health had submitted a statement and supporting evidence, which provided details of the impact of alcohol in Doncaster and data related to Doncaster alcohol related hospital admissions. Public Health had recommended that the Cumulative Impact Policy area to be extended to cover additional areas of the city relating to the 10 Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) with the most alcohol specific admissions falling within the Doncaster central locality between April 2017 and 2022, as detailed at Appendix C of the report.
Evidence submitted by South Yorkshire Police recommended that the current Cumulative Impact areas should remain unchanged, details of which were set out at Appendix D of the report.
It was noted that representatives from Public Health and South Yorkshire Police had been invited to attend the meeting however they were not in attendance.
During subsequent discussion, the Licensing Officer responded to a number of questions from Members seeking clarity on aspects of the report.
In reviewing the findings from the data analysis and the consultation process, Members expressed disappointment that the statistical information submitted by both Public Health and South Yorkshire Police relating to crime and alcohol related hospital admissions did not provide up to date information and there were gaps in the data provided by Public Health. It was also noted that South Yorkshire Police had undertaken an analysis of the existing CIAs and not areas outside of the central locality. Therefore, the Committee were unable to make an assessment of the current CIAs and the ... view the full minutes text for item 8.