Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 8th March, 2022 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Hannah Criddle 

Items
No. Item

43.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Joel Charles and Clive Souter.

44.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

None.

45.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 January 2022 are agreed and signed as a correct record by the Chair.

46.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

None.

47.

Written Questions and Petitions

Minutes:

None.

48.

Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Minutes:

Michael Pitt, Assistant Director Environment, advised that the report on the DfT Language Proficiency Testing had proven to be more problematic than expected and would need to be carried over to the next municipal year’s work plan. As a result, the report on DfT Overarching Taxi and Private Hire Standards would also need to be carried over and would come to Committee in September 2022.

 

Michael Pitt advised the Committee that the reports on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on licensing procedures and an update report on street drinking would come to Committee in July 2022.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan was noted.

49.

Response on Gambling Policy Consultation pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the response to the Gambling Policy consultation and the proposed Gambling Act 2005 Licensing Policy Statement.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Licensing Committee recommend to Full Council adoption of the Gambling Licensing Policy Statement for the purposes of the Gambling Act 2005 as proposed in the body of the report and attached as Appendix A to the report.  

50.

Department for Transport Standards - Review of Taxi/Private Hire Driver Licence Duration pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the licensing process for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers license durations and medical certificate requirements.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The Licensing Committee recommends to Full Council that the licensing process for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers continue to permit 1-year and 3- year licence applications.

 

B     The Licensing Committee notes the procedural change to medical certification requirements that will allow drivers the option to apply for a 3-year licence at each renewal.

 

C     Subject to A and B, the timescale for the introduction of the procedural changes be implemented as agreed by the Assistant Director Environment and the Chair of the Licensing Committee to allow administrative and software adjustments to be made.

51.

References from Other Committees

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

Minutes:

None.

52.

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:

None.