Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

37.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Himan.

 

38.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded by Councillor Eastman and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018 be agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

(Vote: For 4, Abstentions 3)    

 

39.

Declarations of Interests

Members with interests to declare should refer to the agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is being considered.

Minutes:

Members were reminded that declarations of interest should be made as and when the specific agenda item to which they related was under discussion.

 

40.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded by Councillor James and -

 

Resolved:

 

That the agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

41.

Urgent Matters of Information to be Brought Forward with the Permission of the Chair and the Committee

Minutes:

The Chair moved that agenda item 11, Taxi Rank WG, be brought forward to follow agenda item 6, Taxi Drivers Liaison Committee.

 

The Lead Licensing Officer advised that a Sub-Committee needed to be set up with some urgency.

42.

Taxi Drivers Liaison Committee and Taxi Rank Working Group

To receive a verbal update.

Minutes:

Nobody from the Taxi Driver Liaison Committee was in attendance, although one apology had been received.

 

The Lead Licensing Officer reported that he had held a meeting with the taxi drivers in December, in relation to changing the part-time rank into a permanent rank.  They had been asked to survey and produce evidence of public usage after 4.00 pm.  This was followed up by an e-mail.  On 11 December one response had been received showing 2 private cars using the temporary rank after 4.00 pm.  This was discussed with the working group in an informal meeting and it was agreed that the Lead Licensing Officer should send out a further reminder.  A further e-mail went out on 12 February seeking evidence and inviting taxi drivers to attend today’s meeting.  Two responses had been received, once supporting the proposal and one suggesting better signage, but no evidence had been provided.

 

Councillor Hancock joined the meeting (10.05).

 

Torridge District Council officers had hoped to monitor the rank themselves but had been unable to do so because of lack of resource.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded by Councillor Christie and –

 

Resolved:

 

·         That a letter be written to the taxi drivers informing them that no evidence had been provided and TDC was proposing to notify Devon County Council that the rank was no longer needed. 

 

·         If no evidence was forthcoming after one month, to notify Devon County Council that the rank was no longer needed.

43.

SMALL COMMERCIAL VESSEL LICENSING POLICY pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer informed the Committee that a consultation had been carried out between 19 December 2018 and 31 January 2019.  A summary of the results was presented. 

 

Questions raised by the consultees had been addressed and the draft policy had been amended to reflect the most up to date information and to prevent confusion.

 

Restrictions on operation were discussed and although it was too late to amend the period for 2019, this could be reviewed for future years. 

 

Action: To enquire whether a review of operation dates would be of benefit to the Appledore-Instow ferry.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded by Councillor James and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the revised policy be approved, subject to a review of the operation dates from 2020.

 

(Vote: For- unanimous)

44.

Allocation of Hackney Carriage Plate pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

Two applications for the allocation of a hackney carriage plate had been received and assessed by a Sub-Committee on 29 January.  The Sub-Committee had resolved that an informal meeting be held with one of the applicants and subsequently, the Sub-Committee proposed that, subject to approval by the full Licensing Committee, the plate be offered to that applicant.

 

The applicant’s profile was circulated.

 

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin left the meeting at 10.21am.

 

It was proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded by Councillor Langmead and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the allocation of the taxi plate be approved.

 

(Vote: For- unanimous)

 

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin was not present for the vote.

 

 

 

45.

Sex Establishment Policy pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To receive the report the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sex Establishment Policy had been reviewed and updated, the amendments pertaining safeguarding.  The draft was presented to the Committee and a definition was given of the type establishments affected.

 

It was noted that there had been no significant changes to legislation and that the authority did not have any licensed premises.  However, the Lead Licensing reported on a court case in relation to fee setting.  He proposed not to set any fees at this time but to calculate fees on a case by case basis.

 

Councillor Cottle-Hunkin re-joined the meeting at 10.26 am.

 

It was proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded by Councillor James and –

 

Resolved:

 

That

 

·         The revised policy be approved for consultation;

·         The consultation on the draft policy be carried out over a 12 week period and the responses reported back to a future committee.

 

(Vote: For 7, Abstentions 1)

46.

Business Report pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To receive the report the Lead Licensing Officer.

 

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer presented a report for the period 1 April – 31 December 2018.

 

It was anticipated that the decrease in the number of “other” licence applications would show an increase in the next quarter due to the change in animal licensing legislation.

 

The meeting was informed that taxi driver licences were prioritised and that taxi drivers were allowing more time for applications to be processed.

 

The report was noted.

47.

Consideration of the Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

Items for the next meeting:

 

·           Taxi Rank Review

 

·           Small Commercial Vessel Review Of Restricted Operation Period.

 

·           Final Business Report For 2018/2019

48.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

The Chairman to move:-

 

That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded by Councillor Langmead and –

 

Resolved:      That under Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act (as amended) the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business because of the likely disclosure of exempt information by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 and  Paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

(Vote: For - unanimous)

 

49.

Part II (CLOSED SESSION)

Exclusion of Public

 

The Chair to move:-

 

That the public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting because of the likely disclosure of exempt information by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part I and paragraph 10 of Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

50.

Gambling Premises

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

Councillor Christie declared an interest but joined the debate with an open mind.

 

The Lead Licensing Officer reminded Members that the Authority’s revised Gambling Policy had been approved by Full Council in December 2018 and the concerns that had been raised.

 

The Lead Licensing Officer outlined the measures the authority could take to address the concerns.

 

It was proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded by Councillor Hancock and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the proposed next course of action be approved.

 

(Vote: for – unanimous)

51.

Update on Sub-Committee Hearings

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer updated the Committee on the recent Sub-Committee hearing, the outcome and the progress.

 

It was proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded by Councillor Langmead and -

 

Resolved: That the press and public be readmitted.

 

(Vote: For – Unanimous)