Agenda and minutes

General Licensing Committee - Monday, 21 January 2013 2.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The Abbey House, Abingdon

Contact: Steve Culliford, Democratic Services Officer 

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Notification of substitutes and apologies for absence

To record the attendance of substitute councillors, if any, who have been authorised to attend in accordance with the provisions of standing order 17(1) with notification having been given to the proper officer before the start of the meeting and to receive apologies for absence. 


Apologies for absence were submitted by Councillors Marilyn Badcock, Mike Badcock, Anthony Hayward, Val Shaw, Janet Shelley and Melinda Tilley.


Councillor Elizabeth Miles attended as substitute for Councillor Val Shaw.




Election of Chairman


In the absence of both the chairman and vice-chairman of the committee, Councillor Bob Johnston was elected Chairman for the duration of the meeting.




To adopt and sign as a correct record the minutes of the committee meeting held on 4 October 2012 (previously published). 


RESOLVED: to approve the minutes of the meeting on 4 October 2012 as a correct record and agree that the Chairman sign these as such. 



Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  




Urgent business and chair's announcements

To receive notification of any matters, which the chair determines, should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances, which have made the matters urgent, and to receive any announcements from the chair. 




Statements, petitions and questions from the public relating to matters affecting the General Licensing Committee

Any statements, petitions and questions from the public under Standing Order 32 will be made or presented at the meeting. 




Adoption of the model skin piercing byelaws pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider the head of health and housing’s report.  

Additional documents:


The committee considered the report of the head of health and housing that invited it to recommend Council to adopt a new single consolidated set of byelaws, produced by the Department of Health, to regulate acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis.


Diane Moore, Shared Food and Safety Manager, introduced the report and answered questions as follows:

  • operatives require appropriate training and qualifications;
  • the council does not have the power to regulate the provision of the service according to age or receipt of parental consent; 
  • the registration fee is a one off fee and covers all the council’s administrative costs;
  • the fees are consistent with those of South Oxfordshire District Council;
  • the premises are inspected as part of the current health and safety inspections;
  • the adoption of the byelaws will not increase workload. 






1. make new model byelaws under Sections 14 and 15 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended by the Local Government Act 2003) for the regulation of acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis (and revoke existing byelaws) and


2. authorise the head of legal and democratic services to take all steps necessary to obtain confirmation of the byelaws from the Secretary of State for Health.