Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Zoom Committee Meeting with Public Access via YouTube. View directions

Contact: Claudette Campbell 

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Welcome, Introductions and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 113 KB


Apologies for Absence.


Apologies were received from:


Cllr Clough

Cllr Eddy

Cllr O’Rourke


Cllr Massey informed the committee she would need to leave after 20 minutes as she was double booked.


Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest from the Councillors.  They are asked to indicate the relevant agenda item, the nature of the interest and in particular whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest.


Please note that the Register of Interests is available at


Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which is not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.



None received.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 184 KB

Committee is invited to agree the meetings of the AGM held on the 28th May 2020


RESOLVED – the minutes of the previous meeting are agreed as a correct record.


Public Forum


Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-


Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5 pm on 16th October 2020.


Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12.00 noon on 21st October 2020.



None received.


Election of Chair for the remainder of the 2020/21 Municipal Year

The Committee is invited to elect a Chair for the remainder of the 2020/21 Municipal Year.


RESOLVED – Cllr Barry Clark was elected chair of Licensing Committee for the remainder of the 2020/21 Municipal Year.


Sex Establishment Policy Consultation Outcome Report pdf icon PDF 54 KB

The Committee is asked to note the results of the consultation.

Additional documents:


The Licensing Officer introduced the report and summarised it for the Committee.


Discussion notes:

·       In para 3.2, there seems to be confusion about whether the question relates to the policy or scope of the policy. It was confirmed the question was about scope and the chart was incorrectly labelled.

·       There was a discussion about the number of responses that were from Bristol citizens and whether the results could have been skewed by people gaming the system. It was confirmed that responses were via an online portal that recorded IP addresses, so it would be obvious if one person was submitting many responses. There was a high number of responses in general which is a good thing. Most are from Bristol or the surrounding area.

·       It was confirmed that this decision is about the committee accepting the integrity of the consultation and it would not be making any critical analysis of the data at this point.  A final decision on the policy would be taken later and all the information would be considered at that point.

·       P.411 cites a number of policies to be mindful of during development. It was confirmed these were listed by a consultation respondent, not officers.

·       The consultation response is important, but should not be considered alone when it comes to policy development. It will need to be considered among other pieces of research.

·       As this matter has been debated for some time, the working group should meet quickly to develop the Sex Establishment policy and refer it back to the full licensing committee when ready.


RESOLVED – The Licensing Committee Notes and accepts the results of this consultation.


RESOLVED – The Licensing Committee delegates the development of a Sex Establishment Policy to the working group.


ACTION OH consult with officers and arrange date for a working group meeting. Circulate the details to all licensing members so that any member that wishes to join the working group can do so.