To receive and consider the reports, minutes and recommendations of the recent meetings as follows:
- 23 April 2020
- 7 May 2020
- 11 June 2020
2) Scrutiny Committee
- 18 May 2020
- 1 June 2020
- 22 June 2020 (to follow)
(3) Audit Committee
- 2 June 2020
- 23 June 2020 (to follow)
(4) Environment Policy Development Group
- 10 March 2020
(5) Homes Policy Development Group
- 17 March 2020
(6) Economy Policy Development Group
- 12 March 2020
- 4 June 2020
(7) Planning Committee
- 11 March 2020
- 20 May 2020
- 17 June 2020
(8) Standards Committee
- 10 June 2020
(9) Licensing Committee
- 19 June 2020
(10) Regulatory Committee
- 19 June 2020
The Leader presented the report of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 23 April 2020.
To receive the Animal Welfare Policy from the Group Manager for Public Health and Regulatory Services
The Committee had before it a *report of the Specialist Lead Licensing Officer outlining a new Animal Welfare Policy.
He outlined the contents of the report and policy and explained that it covered boarding kennels and catteries, riding establishments pet shops and dog breeders. Currently there were varying degrees of standards across the country and that the new legislation had been brought in to address that. He explained that the legislation controlling zoo’s and dangerous animals had not changed.
He explained that was not a statutory obligation for Licensing authorities to have an Animal Welfare Policy but this was being introduced as a best practice guidance document for applicants.
He explained that the conditions for the establishments were now set nationally and that guidance had been provided by DEFRA. He informed members that the new legislation required the Licensing Authority to have qualified officers dealing with animal welfare by 2021 and that both the MDDC Licensing officers were currently undertaking the relevant qualification required.
The Policy had been though a consultation process and the RSPCA had commented on the complaints process which had been adjusted to take into account their views.
In response to a question asked the Specialist Lead Licensing Officer explained that the policy did not require for an independent veterinarian to complete inspections at riding establishments and that it was possible for an applicant to use their own veterinarian.
Consideration was given to:
· Recharge of veterinarian fees to applicants
· Partnership working with neighbouring authorities to secure additional specialist officer support if required for complex cases
· The scope of who was investigated during the application process
· Although Officers have a range of delegated powers, issues could still be brought to a hearing of a Sub Committee.
· The requirement of establishments to display their licence including their star rating
· The factors which contributed to an establishments star rating
It was therefore RECOMMENDED to Council:
Proposed by the Chairman)
Note: * Report previously circulated and attached to the minutes