HOT dog vendor Brian Judd’s application for an exemption to Albury Council’s street activities policy has been deferred pending an official response from police.
Albury police contacted the council ahead of last night’s planning and development committee meeting which included a staff recommendation to agree to the exemption for Juddy Dogs not to have a security guard.
The recommended exemption was based largely on support Mr Judd had received from two licensing and community safety officers, Sgts Mick Strachan and Emma Musgrave before making his application to the council.
Cr Henk van de Ven asked for an explanation on the police involvement in the matter.
“What stage were they aware this was something they needed to respond to?” he said.
General manager Frank Zaknich confirmed there had been a conversation between Mr Judd and the two police officers.
“That discussion was then confirmed by council’s officer,” he said.
“Nothing to this stage has been received in writing.
“Police have requested that they have an opportunity to provide that in writing before council considers the matter.
“No timeframe per se was given in terms of here is the proposal and please provide a response within two weeks.
“That conversation didn’t take place.”
Mr Zaknich further explained discussions would take place between the council and police later this week with a response to be prepared in time for the next council meeting in a fortnight.
Staff recognised Mr Judd’s application did raise some “corporate risk”, but the “circumstances presented in this instance” supported an exemption.
They included no restriction on pedestrian movement which can increase the risk of anti-social behaviour and locality on the corner of Dean and Kiewa streets is subject to mobile security patrols.
Mayor Alice Glachan commended the pending official response from police.
“It is an opportunity for the police to review the situation more formally,” she said.