Venue: Council Chamber, Kilmory, Lochgilphead
Contact: Fiona McCallum Tel. No. 01546 604392
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were intimated from Councillors Mary-Jean Devon, George Freeman, Alex McNaughton and James McQueen.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
CIVIC GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1982: APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF SKIN PIERCING AND TATTOOING LICENCE (R BURN, CAMPBELTOWN)
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were made. Thereafter the Chair outlined the procedure that would be followed and invited the Applicant to speak in support of his Application.
Mr Burn referred to his previous convictions which he had
detailed on his application form. He
advised that these convictions happened a long time ago when he was young and
he was mixed up with the wrong people.
He acknowledged that the offences were serious and that he had plead
guilty to these and accepted his punishment.
He advised that he has turned his life around since then and has been in
no further trouble with the Police. He
confirmed that he has held a number of tattoo licences for various places
The Chair invited Members to ask questions.
Councillor MacDougall referred to the licence covering skin piercing and tattooing and noted that Mr Burn had only ticked off tattooing on his application form and asked if he would be carrying out skin piercing. Mr Burn confirmed that he would not be carrying out skin piercing.
Councillor MacMillan asked if there was any age restrictions and Mr Burn confirmed that you had to be over 18 years of age to get a tattoo and that this would be displayed clearly in his shop. He also confirmed that customers would be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire in order to establish if they had any allergies or were taking any medication.
Councillor Taylor asked if Mr Burn followed a Code of Practice and Mr Burn advised that there was no Code of Practice for tattoo artists and that the profession was self regulating.
Mr Forrester advised that he was not sure if there was a Code of Practice but confirmed that if the licence was granted there would be attached to this a list of conditions that Mr Burn would have to adhere to.
Councillor Taylor asked if Mr Burn had sterilising equipment and Mr Burn advised that everything used on the customer would be disposable and that no sterilisation would be required.
Councillor Kinniburgh referred to Mr Burn’s licence granted from Reading Council and asked if Mr Burn still did work in that area. Mr Burn advised that he had left this licence open as he did visit a friend’s business down there from time to time as a guest tattooist. He confirmed that licences issued by Reading Council were permanent. He advised that it was good to keep licences going for other areas as this enabled him to attend conventions across the country.
Councillor Currie asked for clarification on whether or not
Mr Burn’s convictions were spent. Mr
Reppke advised that may be the case for some but for the purposes of the Civic
Councillor Taylor asked if reports from other Council departments had been obtained. Mr Forrester confirmed that Environmental Health, the Police and Strathclyde Fire and Rescue had all been consulted and no comments had been returned.
The Chair invited the Applicant to sum up.
Mr Burn advised that his convictions were 24 and 30 years ago and that he was a different person now and that he classed himself as a professional and that he would run his business professionally and would not do anything to jeopardise this.
Councillor Colville advised that he had no problem with this application that it was an innovative idea for Campbeltown and he hoped that it would be successful.
Agreed to grant a Tattooing License to Mr Burn.
(Reference: Report by Head of Governance and Law, submitted)