Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 18th October, 2016 6.30 pm

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

Contact: Shelley French  01775 764451

Items
No. Item

8.

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.

9.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2016  (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2016, were agreed as a correct record, subject to the alteration of a few typographical errors. 

10.

Quarterly Report for Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To provide an update on activities relating to the work of the Licensing Team (Report of the Executive Manager People and Public Protection).

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Executive Manager People and Public Protection, which update members on activities relating to the work of the Licensing Committee. 

 

The Licensing Team were responsible for administering the statutory licensing framework, which governed businesses and regulated activities in South Holland. 

 

The Team carried out a wide range of interventions in order to ensure that licences and registrations were issued correctly and in accordance with legal provisions.  Officers were also involved in monitoring activity, which included; carrying out inspections, providing advice and carrying out investigations. 

 

Quarter 2: 1 July 2016 – 30 September 2016

 

The table below provided an update on the work undertaken by the Licensing Team:

 

Licence Type

Activity

Number in Q2

Riding Establishments

New Application

1

House to House collection permits

New Application

Returns received

3

5

Street collection permit

New permit

Returns received

6

6

Street Trading consent

New Application

Renewals

1

1

Combined Hackney/Private Hire Driver licence

Renewal applications

New applications

Replacement licence

Immediate revocation

10

3

1

2

Hackney Carriage Licence

New applications

Renewals

Transfer

Suspension

Suspension lifted

3

9

2

1

1

Private Hire Operator Licence

Renewals

5

Private Hire Vehicle Licence

New applications

Renewals

Cancel/surrender

Immediate unfit application

Immediate unfit lifted

Suspension

Suspension lifted

3

34

1

3

3

1

1

 

Inspection or Intervention

Number in Q2

Taxi Vehicle Inspections

Total number of licensed vehicles SHDC

45

182

Riding establishment veterinary inspection

1

Dog breeding new premises inspection

1

Other Work

Freedom of Information Act Requests (taxi licensing; taxi ranks; pet shops; dog breeding)

4

Supporting promotion of hate crime campaign and raising awareness of reporting for taxi drivers, with Lincs Community Safety Partnership

Regional licensing forum

Preparation of taxi licensing training for members

Work to find alternative to DVSA assessments for new taxi driver assessments

Review of street trading policy and procedures

Investigation of unlicensed dog boarding premises x 2

Investigation of taxi parking complaints

Safeguarding training for taxi drivers

Licensing team review of Taxi Licensing Policy and Procedures

Officer training on Scrap Metal Licensing and preparation for Scrap Metal Licence renewals

                           Immediate Revocations

Outcome

Taxi driver – medical grounds 

Revoked

Taxi driver – medical grounds

Revoked

 

AGREED:

 

Members noted the content of the report. 

11.

Street Trading

To  receive a verbal update on proposed changes to Street Trading procedures (Donna Hall (Licensing and Business Support Manager) to be in attendance).

Minutes:

The Licensing and Business Support Manager, Donna Hall, was in attendance to provide members with an update on proposed changes to street trading procedures.

 

Street Trading Licensing had been in place for just over a year, and was to be reviewed.  Craig Fowler (Food Safety Manager) was leading on that review and asked for members to be informed of the proposed changes.

 

·                To make it much clearer where the locations were where street trading may take place;

·                Ice cream van vendors to have basic disclosure checks and have safeguarding training;

·                A new structure of fees to take into account those who do not trade all year round.

 

Members were advised that it was likely that the committee would receive a report in more detail in early 2017. 

12.

Taxi Driver Licensing - new driver assessments

To verbally update members on changes to the assessment of new drivers following the discontinuation of the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) assessment (Donna Hall (Licensing and Business Support Manager) to be in attendance).

 

Minutes:

Members were advised that as from December 2016, the DVSA would not longer be providing driver assessments.  Undertaking the DVSA driver assessment was a requirement in South Holland’s Taxi Licensing Policy, for all new drivers to undertake in order to be issued with a licence. 

 

It had come apparent to the Licensing Team that although the assessments were to stop in December 2016, all available appointments had already been filled.  In order to still fulfil the assessment criteria within the Policy, the Team had been working with Lincs Road Safety Partnership, with them facilitating a course which fulfilled the requirements. 

 

Long term the Licensing Team were working with the Procurement Team to source and put in place suitable assessments for prospective applicants. 

13.

Animal Welfare Licensing

To receive a verbal update in response to questions raised by Committee members regarding animal welfare licensing (Donna Hall (Licensing and Business Support Manager)to be in attendance).

Minutes:

Members of the Committee received a presentation from Donna Hall (Licensing and Business Support Manager) and Lesley Ayers (Assistant Licensing Officer) on Animal Welfare Licensing. 

 

The presentation detailed numbers of licenced zoos, kennels and catteries along with licenced breeders etc.  In addition they were advised the process applicants had to complete in order to be granted a licence. 

 

 

14.

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.