Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Enforcement Committee
Tuesday, 16th March 2021 6.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

19.

Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on the 8th December 2020.      .

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 8th December 2020 were confirmed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

21.

Minutes of Licensing Sub-Committees

Members are requested to indicate whether they wish to discuss the exempt minutes listed at agenda item 11.  If so, it will be necessary to resolve to exclude the Press and Public and circulate the exempt minutes prior to any discussion of the exempt minutes listed at agenda item 11.   

 

Should no Member wish to discuss the minutes, the Committee are invited to resolve to receive the exempt minutes without discussion.

Minutes:

No member indicated that they wished to discuss the content of the exempt minutes. Therefore, it was not necessary to exclude the press and public.

 

RESOLVED that the exempt minutes of the Licensing and Enforcement sub-committees held on the 16th December 2020 and the 3rd February 2021 were received.

22.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

To receive any questions from members of the public provided that a question does not relate to:  

 

·       Matters which are the subject of current or pending legal proceedings, or

·       Matters relating to employees or former employees of the Council or comments in respect of individual Council Officers.

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

23.

Petitions and Deputations (15 minutes, maximum 3 minutes per person)

To receive any petitions and deputations provided that no such petition or deputation is in relation to:

 

·         Matters relating to individual Council Officers, or

·         Matters relating to current or pending legal proceedings

Minutes:

There were no petitions or deputations.

24.

Cumulative Impact Assessment pdf icon PDF 263 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Place, which presents to members the result of the consultation on the Draft Cumulative Impact Assessment. The report also asks members to approve the draft version of the Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) and recommend that Council adopts the Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) within the Statement of Licensing Policy 2021 to 2026.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair read a statement which summarised the contents of the report and the reasoning as to why it was before Committee. He noted that the Licensing team had not received any responses during the 8-week consultation period.

 

RESOLVED that the Licensing and Enforcement Committee APPROVE the Cumulative Impact Assessment and RECOMMEND that:

 

(1)  Council approve the CIA and that the CIP within the Statement of Licensing Policy 2021 to 2026 is adopted by Council.

 

And ASK Council to RESOLVE:

 

(1)  To adopt the Cumulative Impact Policy within the Licensing Policy Statement 2021-2026 – Licensing Act 2003.

 

 

25.

Common Standards for Licensing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers in Gloucestershire pdf icon PDF 300 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Place. The report presents to members the draft Common Standards for Licensing Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers in Gloucestershire (following the publication of the Department for Transport (DfT) Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Standards) for approval by the Licensing and Enforcement Committee for consultation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair read a report summarising the contents of the report. He noted that the Common set of standards laid out in the report were for the drivers of Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicles and not for the vehicles themselves.

 

Councillor Haigh noted that it was an important report and a step forward in making sure that there were countywide standards, ensuring that there was not an issue where licence holders ascertained a licence in another part of Gloucestershire, where standards for drivers could otherwise be lower and then operated within Gloucester. 

 

The Chair thanked Councillor Haigh for her comments and for setting up a task force originally to look into ensuring that Licensing standards were consistent across Gloucestershire.

 

Councillor D. Brown noted that it was an excellent piece of work. He asked whether any lessons could be learnt from previous consultations to increase the response rate.

 

The City Centre Improvement Officer (Licensing Lead) responded by stating that he had spoken to several people in the trade, including drivers who were happy with the common standards and that drivers made him aware if they had any issues. 

 

RESOLVED that the draft Common Standards for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers in Gloucestershire is approved for a 12-week consultation period.

 

26.

Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To receive the report of the Head of Place, which outlines to Members, details of key Licensing Activities carried out from1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021, including applications and service requests received, details of any enforcement work, progress updates of our work plan and any changes in Licensing Law.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair read a statement summarising the contents of the report.

 

 

RESOLVED that the Licensing and Enforcement Committee note the contents of the report.

27.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday, 15th June at 6.30 p.m.

Minutes:

Tuesday, 15th June 2021 at 6:30pm.