Agenda item

Outstanding References

Report of the Town Clerk


The Sub-Committee received a report of the Town Clerk that summarised the outstanding actions from the previous meetings.


OR5 – IT Transformation Report

The Director of IT provided Members with a verbal update on the IT transformation programme, and outlined the structural changes that were taking place.  He explained that there had been significant investment in “IT Hygiene”, and that the programme had progressed from design and strategy into mobilisation and delivery.


He explained that the Phase II programme was now being defined, for which a separate report had been produced.  A Member asked whether the Phase II transformation was in line and coordinated at this stage.  The Assistant Commissioner confirmed that it was all on track.  The Member requested that the Phase II report be forwarded from IT Sub (Finance) Committee to the next meeting. (1)


A Member stated that the Audit & Risk Management Committee had discussed the IT Transformation Programme at their last meeting on 28 November as it was perceived to be a serious risk, and confirmed that they had commented very positively on it.  The Chairman noted this and explained that it was very helpful to hear of their approval.


OR9 – Operation Mass

The Assistant Commissioner explained that the planned dates for 2018 “Operation Mass” events were now available.  The Chairman requested that these be circulated to Members via email. (2)


OR15 – Licensee Responsibility for CCTV

The Assistant Commissioner confirmed that he had spoken with the Superintendent of Communities and Partnerships about licence applications.  He explained that once licence applications are made, meetings with owners are routine.  He explained that in almost all cases conditions are placed on licenced premises, such as a restriction on promoted events and CCTV placement.  He explained that most applicants offer to install CCTV as part of their application regardless.  He also confirmed that it was not legal to enforce CCTV installation, so this aspect was reliant on negotiation with premises owners.  It was also explained that the licensing regulator and authority were responsible for any decision to include CCTV as a condition, and as such that this could not be determined by the CoLP. The Assistant Commissioner explained that CoLP were going to look at the last 6 months of licensing applications to analyse the decisions made in each case with regards to CCTV conditions.


The Chairman noted that it was evident that, although there were over 600 licensed premises within the City of London, only a percentage of these would be perceived as premises for which CCTV would be deemed crucial.  A Member explained that there was a requirement for a dialogue between the CoLP and the Licensing Committee to increase understanding of how licensing make decisions on the imposition of conditions, or the exception of CCTV conditions for some premises.  The Chairman suggested that it may be related to government advice against imposing a blanket CCTV condition.


The Assistant Commissioner reiterated that the CoLP would wish to convey the two key benefits of CCTV conditions on licenced premises to the Licensing Committee:

  1. Tackling local crime and disorder
  2. Investigation of hostile reconnaissance


RESOLVED – That the report be received.


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