Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Zoom - Online. View directions

Contact: Hannah Criddle 

Items
No. Item

21.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

None.

22.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

23.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2020 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

24.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

None.

25.

Written Questions and Petitions

Minutes:

None.

26.

Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

Michael Pitt, Environment and Licensing Manager, suggested that a “Department for Transport Statutory Vehicles and Private Hire Standards Action Plan” be brought to Committee in January 2021. The “Adoption of a Street Trading Policy” and “Review of General Enforcement Policy for Environmental Health” items would be brought to Committee in March 2021. The “Review of Hackney Carriage Byelaws”, “Review of Licensing General Enforcement Policy” and “Updating Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles Conditions” items would rollover to the municipal year 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED that the Work Plan was noted.

27.

Harlow Council Food Safety Enforcement Plan 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received the Food Safety Act Service Plan for 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee approved the Food Safety Act Service Plan attached as Appendix A to the report.

28.

Department for Transport Statutory Vehicles and Private Hire Standards pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the new Department of Transport Statutory Vehicle and Private Hire Standards (2020).

 

RESOLVED that the Committee:

 

A     Noted the Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards (2020) issued by the Department for Transport (DfT)

 

B     Approved a full review of current policy and procedure to determine the necessary amendments required by the new standards

 

C     Agreed that the required changes identified by Officers as a result of the review are brought before the Committee on 19 January 2021.  

29.

References from Other Committees

Any references arising from meetings held after the publication of this agenda will be circulated separately.

Minutes:

None.

30.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

Councillor Nick Churchill expressed extreme concern over threats made by members of the public towards Council Officers in response to work that they had carried out. Councillor Shannon Jezzard confirmed that the Council had interacted with the social media service providers and the posts had been removed. The issue had been escalated with senior managers and was under review. The Officers involved had received support and did not feel further action was required at this stage. The Committee agreed that the Council would not tolerate threats made against Officers and would be prepared to take further action in circumstances where considered appropriate.