Agenda and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

28.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies for absence for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cottle-Hunkin.

 

29.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Confirmation of the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2018.

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October be agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

(Vote: For 6, Abstentions 1)    

 

30.

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.

 

31.

Agreement of Agenda Items Part I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

32.

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

Minutes:

With the permission of the Chair, the Lead Licensing Officer advised the Committee that it will be necessary to convene a Licensing Sub-committee hearing in the new year. 

 

Members were concerned that the case could not be heard before the new year and asked that a letter be sent to the license holder making him aware that the Committee had been informed of the circumstances and he will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing.

 

An e-mail with details will be sent out following the meeting seeking Members to sit on the panel.

33.

BUSINESS REPORT pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer presented the report covering the period 1 April to 1 September,

 

Members noted the report.

 

34.

SMALL COMMERCIAL VESSEL LICENSING POLICY pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To receive the report of the Lead Licensing Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were advised that the Licensing Policy for Small Commercial Vessels was due for renewal and that a consultation on the draft policy was required.  There were only 6 boats and 6 boatmen within the District, there were also 4 boatmen who were exempt.  However, it was good practice to review and update the policy to maintain consistent standards when determining licence applications.

 

The Lead Licensing Officer explained the main changes and gave the up to date position in relation to existing licence holders.

 

It was proposed, seconded and –

 

Resolved:

 

·         That the revised policy for consultation be approved and

·         That consultation on the draft policy be carried out over a 6 week period and the responses reported back to this committee on 27 February 2019.

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

35.

Taxi Rank Task & Finish Working Group

To receive a verbal update.

Minutes:

A verbal update was given on the Taxi Rank Task & Finish Group meeting held on 28 November. Various options had been discussed with the taxi drivers.  The desire was to have the part-time rank made into a full-time rank but it was acknowledged that adequate signage and line markings would be required to make the public aware of the facility.  Taxi drivers had been asked to survey and produce evidence of public usage after 4.00 pm.  The results will be collated and a report will be taken to the next HATOC meeting on 26 February.

 

A further meeting of the Taxi Rank Task & Finish Group will be arranged prior to the HATOC meeting.

 

The Committee discussed the possibilities for a 2nd permanent taxi rank further.  The suggestion of King Street will be put to the taxi drivers.  The health and safety aspect of using Manor car park must also be emphasised.

 

 

36.

Consideration of the Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Minutes:

The Lead Licensing Officer sought the Committee’s approval to defer the items scheduled for Cycle 6 and to cancel that meeting as 6 weeks were required for the consultation on the Boat Licensing Policy Review.  The Sex Establishment Policy Review will be short as there had been no changes to legislation and Torridge did not have any sex establishments.  Furthermore, this would allow time for a report to be drawn up on the Licensing Sub-Committee hearing.

 

Members unanimously supported the proposal.

 

It was noted that the taxi drivers will be invited to the next meeting of the Licensing Committee to be held on 27 February 2019.