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Agenda and minutes

Environmental Licensing Committee
Monday, 25th February, 2019 2.00 pm

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Meeting Room 1, Guildhall

Contact: Sarah Royce  Committee Officer

Items
No. Item

62.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Paul Pemberton.

63.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

Minutes:

Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this meeting.  The following declarations were made:

 

Agenda Item 7 – Councillor Robert Walsh – Personal and Prejudicial – the Private Hire Driver’s family was known.  The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

64.

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To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 28 January 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 28 January 2019 be signed as a correct record.

65.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In considering whether to exclude the press and public from the next part of the meeting, Members are asked to consider the following factors when determining the public interest test.

 

Agenda Items 6-7:  The Proper Officer has determined in considering these reports that Paragraph 12 should apply.  Her view on the public interest test was that to make this information public would disclose personal data relating to an individual in contravention of the principles of the Data Protection Act.  Because of this and since there did not appear to be an overwhelming public interest requiring the disclosure of personal data she felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

It is therefore recommended that the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following items as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

Minutes:

Agenda Items 6 to 7: Members determined in considering these reports that Paragraph 12 should apply. Their view on the public interest test was that to make this information public would disclose personal data relating to an individual in contravention of the principles of the Data Protection Act. Because of this and since there did not appear to be an overwhelming public interest requiring the disclosure of personal data they felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following items of business, as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

66.

Conduct of Private Hire Driver

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Minutes:

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/17/19) to consider the conduct of a Private Hire Driver.  Members were advised that the Private Hire Driver was not in attendance and -

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of report HEP/17/19 be deferred to the next meeting to give the Private Hire Driver further opportunity to attend.

67.

Conduct of Private Hire Driver

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Minutes:

(Members declarations of personal interests in respect of this item are set out under Minute 63 above)

 

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/16/19) to consider the conduct of a Private Hire Driver.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Driver.

 

RESOLVED – That the Private Hire Driver’s Licence referred to in report HEP/16/19 be suspended for a period of 4 weeks under Section 61 (1) (b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 on account of his recent convictions.

68.

Any other items which the Chair decides are urgent

Minutes:

The Chair was of the opinion that the following matters be dealt with as a matter of urgency in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972 by reason of the fact that it would be unnecessarily delayed if held over to the next meeting.

 

(i)         Welsh Government Consultation – Improving Public Transport

 

The Trading Standards and Licensing Lead informed the Committee of the Welsh Government consultation ‘Improving Public Transport’.  A draft response would be submitted to the next meeting for Committee comment.  The link to the consultation document would be sent to all Committee members in advance.

 

(ii)        Dash Cam Policy for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Vehicles

 

Members requested that Officers undertake a feasibility study into the introduction of a policy relating to the use of dash cams in both Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Vehicles having regard to the policies of other local authorities and considering issues relating to safeguarding, data control and cost.

 

RESOLVED – That Officers undertake a feasibility assessment into the introduction of a policy regarding the use of dash cams in Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Vehicles and submit a report on the findings to a future meeting.