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Agenda and minutes

Environmental Licensing Committee
Monday, 24th September, 2018 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

19.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Krista Childs, Beverley Parry-Jones, John Phillips and Derek Wright.

20.

Best wishes

Minutes:

The Committee’s thoughts and best wishes were extended to Councillor John Phillips at this time.

21.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 July 2018

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 July 2018 be signed as a correct record.

22.

Variation in Order of Agenda

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Agenda Items 6 – 10 be brought forward and taken at this time.

23.

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 Item 7 – 10:  The Proper Officer has determined in considering this report 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 7 to 10: 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).

 

24.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Minutes:

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/76/18) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members were informed that the Applicant was unable to attend today’s hearing.

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of report HEP/76/18 be deferred for one month to afford the Applicant a further opportunity to attend.

25.

Conduct of a 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/75/18) to consider the conduct of a Private Hire Driver.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Driver.

 

RESOLVED – That the Head of Environment and Planning write to the Private Hire Driver referred to in report HEP/75/18 expressing the concern of the Committee with regard to his recent conviction and to issue a warning as to his future conduct.

26.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Minutes:

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/77/18) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence as outlined in report HEP/77/18 be granted.

27.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Minutes:

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/78/18) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence as outlined in report HEP/78/18 be granted and that the Head of Environment and Planning write to the Applicant expressing the concern of the Committee and to issue a stern warning as to his future conduct.

28.

Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Press and Public be not excluded from the Meeting.

29.

To review Private Hire Vehicle Licence Conditions relating to Signage pdf icon PDF 44 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Environment and Planning

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report (HEP/79/18) to review Private Hire Vehicle Licence Conditions relating to signage.

 

In debating the report the following matters were referred to by the Committee:

·         The proposed new condition 16c would allow signage to be displayed on the bonnet and rear boot/door area.

·         Signage on front and rear screens of vehicles remained unchanged, however it was requested that officers investigate whether transparent signage was available.  Members were reminded that the annual test would check that items placed in or stuck to the windscreen did not seriously obscure the vision of the driver.

·         For clarification new condition 16d be amended to “Operator company logos are permitted……..”

·         Recommended that the wording “Tap the App” be permitted.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That Private Hire Vehicle conditions 16c and 16d be amended as follows:

 

16c      There may be displayed on the side, bonnet and rear boot/door area of the vehicle the name, telephone number and/or website address of the Operator with whom the vehicle proprietor carries on business.  There shall be no reference to the word “Cab” or “Taxi”.  The words “Tap the App” are permitted.

 

16d      Operator company logos are permitted.  With the aforementioned exceptions, no other signs, notices, advertisements, plates, marks, numbers, emblems or devices whatsoever shall be displayed on, in or from the vehicle, except as may be required by any statutory provision of these conditions, or with prior written authorisation of the Council.

 

30.

Urgent Item of Business - Update

Minutes:

The Trading Standards and Licensing Lead provided an update to Members on the following matters:

 

Safeguarding training

It was reported that all outstanding private hire and hackney carriage drivers would be offered free training to be provided by WCBC training team.  Seven sessions would be offered during the period November 2018 to March 2019.  Going forward, consideration was being given to the development of an online module for future applicants to complete as part of the application process.  Members welcomed the update and stressed the importance of drivers attending this mandatory training.

 

Wheelchair safety

It was reported that consideration would be given to reviewing the conditions relating to wheelchair safety and a report would be submitted to the October meeting in this regard.

 

Professional Standards

Noted the long term goal to develop a professional standards training for the trade with a view to achieving a consistent quality of service.