Councillor Allan Lunn, a Conservative councillor for Castle ward, was first elected to the council in 2010. He has served on the Licensing Committee since 2011 and is also a member of the Healthier & Safer Scrutiny committee.
After being elected to the role, Councillor Lunn commented: “I am very pleased to serve this committee as chairman. Licensing plays a key decision-making role across a wide range of subjects, whether it is issuing taxi licences, to looking at how local bars operate or helping to prevent crime and disorder issues.
“I am looking forward to working closely with other organisations, such as the police, to help keep our town safe.”
Previously the committee helped to revoke the license of a town centre shop, which was selling alcohol not fit for human consumption.
The committee’s responsibilities include:
- Issuing and reviewing premises licences
- Checking temporary event notices
- Issue and renew personal licences for individuals
- Following representations about licences or applications, the committee holds hearings and decide whether or not to issue the license or add conditions
- To prevent crime and disorder
- Public safety
- Prevention of public nuisance
- The protection of children from harm