Agenda and minutes

Planning, Regulatory & General Licensing Committee (General Licensing Matters)
Monday, 8th February, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: via Microspft Teams

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Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so. A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor K. Councillor.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

 

4.

Non-Statutory Licence Fees 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 444 KB

To consider the report of the Team Manager – Trading Standards and Licensing

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Team Manager – Trading Standards and Licensing.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Members supported the proposal to retain 2020/21 levels of fees in 2021/22.

 

5.

Exempt Item

To receive and consider the following report which in the opinion of the proper officer is/are an exempt item taking into account consideration of the public interest test and that the press and public should be excluded from the meeting (the reason for the decision for the exemption is available on a schedule maintained by the proper officer).

 

6.

Schedule of Applications for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licences

To consider the report of the Senior Licensing Officer.

Minutes:

Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test, that on balance the public interest, in maintaining the exemption, outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.

 

RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it was likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Senior Licensing Officer, whereupon:-

 

Application for a New Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence

 

Consideration was given to the application for a New Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence.

 

The Chair confirmed that Members had given due consideration to the application and asked the Solicitor to read out the decision of the Licensing Committee, as follows:-

 

The application before the Committee is for a New Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence.  The Licensing Officer informed Members that the Applicant had not previously held this type of licence.

 

The Committee noted from the DBS record shown to them today that the Applicant had a number of previous convictions, the Applicant explained the circumstances of the offences to Members present.

 

In mitigation, in relation to the offences, the Applicant said that the main offences happened a long time ago when he was a young man and he has now matured with a young child to think about. 

 

The Committee s considered the evidence placed before the Committee today when reaching a decision and also considered the previous convictions and the representations made by the Applicant. The Committee have also considered the representations made by the Licensing Officers present and considered the Council’s Convictions Policy and guidance conditions relating to Hackney Carriage Drivers Licences and Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licences. The Committee considered in particular, the nature of the offences, how long ago they were committed, the applicant’s age at the time of the offences and the patterning of offending and penalties imposed as required within the Policy.

The Committee are of the opinion that the Applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver’s Licence and the Committee therefore grant the application, therefore it was

RESOLVED that the Committee grant the Application.