Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

10.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Himan.

 

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 31 May and the meeting of 11 July (adjourned).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 31 May 2018 and 11 July 2018 be agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

(Vote: For – 6, Abstentions 2)    

 

12.

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.

 

13.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

14.

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters.

 

15.

Taxi Rank Issues pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer referred to the formal report which basically lays out the rank is not large enough, there followed a detailed discussion of the report appertaining to the installation of CCTV and whether this should be installed on the office of the Harbour Master or included in the existing CCTV system which may assist in the problems occurring in the public toilets. Noted that CCTV is useful but costly and also requiring manpower to check footage.  A Taxi Enforcement Officer appointment would mean an expense in the region of £12000, not affordable.  Further detailed discussion regarding the entrances to the Quay car parks from the Old Bridge end and mid way opposite the end of the High Street and the Manor car park, with contributions from Councillors Langmead, Eastman, Wiseman, Hackett, Christie, McGeough.  Members debating the value of which entrance/exit along the Quay would alleviate the taxi issues.  Councillors provided their own experiences of the taxis and incidents witnessed.  It was also raised there is insufficient signage at present time.

Councillor Eastman asked for DCC presence, particularly Michael Newcombe, for answers.

It was proposed, seconded and –

Resolved:

That standing orders be suspended at this time to allow the taxi driver representatives to speak.

(Vote: For – unanimous)

The taxi representatives gave their views which included the use of manor car park, making the part time rank full time and permanent and the use of CCTV. Councillor Inch took the advice of the Lead Licensing Officer and proposed a sub committee to deal with this ongoing matter which could meet before the next Licensing Meeting in October. This sub committee be tasked with dealing with the outstanding issues, this sub committee to –include representation from DCC (possibly Michael Newcombe) and the taxi driver representatives be invited for views. Proposed by Councillor Inch and seconded by Councillor Langmead.

It was proposed, seconded and –

Resolved:

That a Licensing Sub-Committee be arranged to review the issues raised and report back to the full committee in October

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

16.

Taxi Driver Dress Code pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer explained the Report annexed to the Agenda and there followed a detailed discussion of the dress code.  Appendix A and Appendix B referred to and a further general agreement to ‘reasonable’ dress code and smart casual to include jeans and trainers.  The Taxi Driver Liaison Committee to discuss this with their fellow drivers.  The code makes reference to covering shoulders but that females do not need to keep their shoulders covered.

It was proposed, seconded and -

Resolved:

That the existing dress code be retained with minor amendments

(Vote For – unanimous)

 

17.

Allocation of Hackney Carriage plate pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer explained  a hackney carriage plate had been returned which  the Council needs to allocate appropriately in the correct manner . Appendix C detailing the allocation scheme was supplied to all members by Chris Parkhouse.  Restrictions regarding the sale of the plate were discussed . It was confirmed the restrictions  were in relation to this one plate not existing other plates.  Members agreed to amend the period of restriction on the sale or transfer to 12 months. The allocation of the plate to be determined  by a sub committee. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Inch, seconded by Councillor McGeough and –

 

Resolved:

 

That the plate be advertised and allocated as proposed but the restriction on the sale or transfer of the plate be amended to 12 months.

 

(Vote For – unanimous)

 

18.

Gambling Act Statement pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer advised there had been minor amendments to the statement following the consultation period. He asked that Appendix A be removed in order that the list on that Appendix can be kept updated on the Torridge website rather than committee amending the policy at meetings to update details on the Appendix.

It was proposed by Councillor Cottle-Hunkin, seconded by Councillor James and -

Resolved:

That the revised statement be approved with the removal of Appendix A and presented to Full Council for formal adoption.

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

19.

Consideration of the Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

The forward plan was reviewed and updated.

Alcohol Licensing was discussed and there was a mention of involving the Police at any anti social behaviour incidents and all raising concern when required.

Councillor Langmead asked who would form the sub committee and it was agreed that this would be Councillors Inch, Langmead and Eastman, this same sub-committee will deal with the allocation of the plate.

 

20.

Date of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The Chair confirmed that the next Licensing Committee meeting would be held on 17 October 2018 at 10.00 am in the Town Hall, Bideford.