Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 19th April, 2016 6.30 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding

Contact: Shelley French  01775 764451

Items
No. Item

15.

Declarations of Interest

Where a Councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest the Councillor must declare the interest to the meeting and leave the room without participating in any discussion or making a statement on the item, except where a Councillor is permitted to remain ad a result of a grant of dispensation.

Minutes:

There were none.

16.

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To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2016.  (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2016, were agreed as a correct record. 

17.

Licensing Update

Licensing and Business Support Manager to be in attendance to provide an update on the functions that fall under the remit of the Licensing Committee. 

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager was in attendance to update the Committee on the work undertaken, by the Licensing Team, during the period of 1 January 2016 – 31 March 2016 (Quarter 4). 

 

The following information was provided to members at the meeting:

 

Licence Type

 

Activity

Number in Q4

Animal Boarding Licence

Renewal

8

Animal Breeding Licence

Renewal

3

Dangerous Wild Animals Licence

New Application

1

House to House collection permits

New Application

Returns received

1

7

Pet shop licence

Renewals

2

Riding establishments

Renewals

2

Street collection permit

New permit

Returns received

4

6

Street Trading consent

New Application

4

Combined Hackney/Private Hire Driver licence

Renewal applications

Cancel/Surrender

Change name/address

New applications

Change of operator

18

2

1

5

2

Hackney Carriage Licence

New applications

Renewals

Change of address

2

11

1

Private Hire Operator Licence

Renewals

5

Private Hire Vehicle Licence

New applications

Renewals

Suspension

Cancel/surrender

9

28

1

1

 

Inspection or Intervention

Number in Q4

Taxi Inspections

 

45 (of which 45 compliant)

Dangerous Wild Animals inspections

 

1

Zoo Licence Inspection                     

 

1

Other Work

 

Taxi safeguarding module for online training

 

 

SHDC website switchover and update

 

 

Appeal Against Panel Decision

Outcome

Taxi Licence

Appeal withdrawn and consent order for costs granted

 

 

It was highlighted that a lot of the work of the Team was surrounding Taxi Licences and inspections of licensed Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles.  In addition to this a detailed inspection was carried out in relation to  a zoo licence with a vet who was appointed by the Secretary of State. 

 

Members concerned about the costs involved in undertaking inspections, particularly in relation to animal welfare premises.  It was explained that veterinary fees incurred by the Authority, where applicable, were re-charged to the applicants. 

 

It was advised that the Safeguarding training for Taxi Drivers had been completed, and those who had not competed it had surrendered their licences or were in the process of doing so.  Overall the feedback from the training was that it was very useful, and that it formed an important part of their roles. 

 

The next stage the Licensing Team was looking at was how they were going to incorporate this valuable  and necessary training into the requirements for new applicants.  An online version of the training had been developed by  Breckland Training Services, and was being trialled.  The Licensing and Business Support Manager did advise that the Policies surrounding taxis drivers and vehicles were on the programme for revision and that would be an opportune time to look at all the process and requirements and tailor them to current need. 

 

Members enquired if there was a requirement for drivers to have a certain level of English language and reading skills.   Councillor Chandler advised that currently South Holland did not ask for this requirement, but had investigated it in the past, but at that time it did not progress any further.  Transport for London had a requirement for all their ‘black cab’ drivers to undertake an English test, to ensure their  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.

 

 

NOTE:            No other business is permitted unless by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the Chairman is of the opinion that the item(s) should be considered as a matter of urgency. 

Minutes:

There were none.