Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Safety Panel - Thursday, 1st September, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Rooms A & B - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Nicole Tilly, Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

LSP.205

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Licensing and Safety Panel are asked to consider whether they have an interest in any of the matters on the agenda, and if so, to formally declare that interest.  

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest raised in relation to any items on the agenda.

 

 

LSP.206

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Minutes of the last meeting, held on 14 July, are attached.

Minutes:

Delegated decision:

 

That the Minutes of the Licensing and Safety Panel meeting held on 14 July2016, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

LSP.207

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

Questions are invited from members of the public present at the meeting on any matters for which this Panel is responsible.

 

Approximately 30 minutes will be set aside for Public Question Time if required.

Minutes:

There were no members of the public present to ask questions under this item.

 

The Chair, Councillor Jones, referred to 2 written questions that had been submitted in writing by Mr Charles Oakes, concerning enforcement at taxi ranks and Police numbers in the town centre. The Head of Service (Trading Standards and Licensing) provided a verbal update to the Committee and undertook to provide Mr Oakes with a full written response.

 

LSP.208

OPERATIONAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Minutes:

The Assistant Director (Localities) submitted a report advising Members on operational issues within the Licensing Service.

 

The report set out updates in respect of the following issues:

 

Driver Assessments

Taxi Licence Appeal

 

Further to the information set out in the report, the Head of Service (Trading Standards and Licensing) provided a verbal update in respect of a recently held Licensing Hearings Panel for Alt House Bar which resulted in noise conditions being imposed along with a reduction in licensed hours.

 

It was agreed:

 

That the report be noted.

 

LSP.209

URGENT BUSINESS

Any other business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chair agrees may be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business reported.

LSP.210

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider passing the appropriate resolution under section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business since it involves the likely disclosure of the exempt information stated.

 

 

Minutes:

Delegated decision:

 

That in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business since it involved the likely disclosure of information relating to individuals who hold Licences granted by the Authority or Applicants for Licences provided by the Authority.

 

LSP.211

APPLICATIONS FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE/PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER LICENCES

Minutes:

The Licensing Officer presented a report submitted by the Assistant Director (Localities) regarding applications for Public/Private Hire Vehicles Drivers’ Licences.

 

The Applicants were invited to attend the meeting for separate hearings and the Chair outlined the procedure to be followed.  The Applicants were invited to address the Panel separately on their applications and any matters referred to in the Officer’s report. 

 

1.       Applicant 23/2016 attended the meeting. The report was read by the Licensing Officer and was accepted by the Applicant. With regard to the offence of failing to disclose the identity of the driver of his private vehicle at the time of a speeding offence, the applicant explained that he had sold the vehicle and was under the impression that the new owner had applied for the log which had been missing at the time of the sale.

   

The Applicant acknowledged that he should have made efforts to ensure DVLA were informed about the lost log book and should not have relied on the new owner to liaise with DVLA.

 

Delegated decision:

 

The Panel carefully considered the written report and the oral representations made by the Applicant and taking into account the Council’s Conviction Policy and Guidelines, in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 the Panel determined that Applicant 23/2016 was a fit and proper person and resolved to grant the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence. 

 

 

2.     Applicant 24/2016 attended the meeting . The report was read by the Licensing Officer and was accepted by the Applicant. The Applicant explained that the allegations relating to his step daughter, that resulted in the Police intelligence being provided to the Licensing Department, were as a result of a dispute with his ex wife. The Applicant stated that no conviction had resulted and submitted a letter from the Police confirming no further action would be taken.  In addition, certificates concerning his historical employment, in Britain and abroad, were also submitted to the Panel at the meeting. With regard to the alleged offence, the applicant stated that an exchange of social media messages was the result of his phone having been hacked. 

 

Delegated Decision:

 

The Panel carefullyconsidered the written report, the oral representations made by the Licence Holder and acknowledged that the Council’s Conviction Policy and Guidelines did not cover the disclosure of intelligence from the Police that had not resulted in a criminal conviction.  The Panel determined the Applicant not to be a fit and proper person and therefore resolved that the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence by Applicant 24/2016 be refused.

 

The Panel noted the circumstances of the case, and found that;

 

·         The non conviction intelligence would only be provided to the Panel in cases where the Police reasonably believe that the information was relevant for consideration as part of the application process.

 

·         Although the applicant had not been convicted, the seriousness and nature of the non conviction intelligence disclosed by the Police was such that the applicant did not meet the high  ...  view the full minutes text for item LSP.211