Agenda and draft minutes

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1/20

Apologies for absence and substitutions

Minutes:

Due to technical issues the Vice-Chair opened the meeting.

 

There were no apologies for absence or substitutions.

2/20

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3/20

Urgent matters

To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Falconer resigned his position as Vice-Chair and Councillor Vaux was appointed as Vice-Chair for the municipal year 2020/2021.

 

4/20

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 10 February 2020 were confirmed as a correct record.

 

5/20

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy Review 2020 pdf icon PDF 340 KB

Contact Officer: Sophy Brough

This report sets out a number of changes that are proposed to the current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy to incorporate the requirements of the 2020 DfT Guidance. It also brings in a Penalty Points scheme to give increased enforcement options.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Regulatory Services Manager introduced the report which set out a number of proposed changes to the current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy to incorporate the requirements of the 2020 DfT Guidance.

 

The Committee discussed the report and made the following comments:

 

·         Sought clarification on the arrangements for Driver training and how they would show proof of completion, the Licensing Team Leader advised that the training would be undertaken by Blue Lamp Trust which would be completed virtually with a certificate of completion issued until face to face training could be resumed.

 

·         The policy should be reviewed in order to confirm whether it needed to be strengthened particularly in relation to demanding more than the legal or agreed fare.

 

·         Questioned whether work should be done to raise resident awareness on what they should expect to see in a Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicle and how they could report  a driver  if necessary.

 

·         Sought clarification on the process if an applicant had committed a crime overseas.

 

·         In response to questions, The Licensing Team Leader advised that body worn cameras for drivers should be encrypted, pin activated and the recordings destroyed after a certain period of time.

 

Resolved: The Committee approves the updated Policy for public and trade consultation.

 

 

6/20

Licensing Shared Service Update pdf icon PDF 337 KB

Contact Officer: Sophy Brough

This report sets out the new procedures being brought into the licensing team, and upcoming changes, to provide a more streamlined service to customers and applicants.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Team Leader introduced the report which set out the new procedures brought into the licensing team since the last meeting and the upcoming changes in order to provide a more streamlined service to customers and applicants.

 

The Committee discussed the report and made the following comments:

 

·         Clarification was sought in regard to the Licensing Act fees. The Committee were advised that the fees were set by central government.

 

·         Queried who paid for the drivers medical assessments. The Licensing team leader advised that drivers paid for their own assessments but used a third party company which was cheaper than GP surgeries.

 

·         Queried whether due to the pandemic whether there would be any reduction in the Licensing fees.

 

·         Questioned whether additional training for Licensing hearings was required

 

Resolved: The Committee notes report.

 

7/20

Draft Animal Welfare Policy for Consultation pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Contact Officer: Sophy Brough

This report sets out a detailed policy on the Council’s approach to the administration and enforcement of the animal activity licensing under the Animal Welfare Act 2016, and the subsequent 2018 Regulations.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licencing Team Leader introduced the report which set out the policy for the Council’s approach to the administration and enforcement of the animal activity licensing under the Animal Welfare Act 2016, and the subsequent 2018 Regulations.

 

The Committee discussed the report and made the following comments:

 

·         Questions were raised in relation to dog walking companies. The Licensing Team Leader advised that dog walking was not a licensed activity and that the Councils dog warden would deal with any complaints.

 

Resolved: The Committee approves the draft Animal Welfare Policy for consultation.