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Agenda and minutes

Environmental Licensing Committee
Monday, 22nd October, 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

31.

Welcome

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor John Phillips to the meeting and conveyed the Committee’s best wishes for his son’s speedy recovery.  Councillor John Phillips thanked the Committee and Council staff for their support.

 

The Chair also welcomed Colin Jones, Licensing Officer to his first meeting of the Committee.

32.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors David Maddocks and Robert Walsh.

33.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 September 2018

Minutes:

Correction – Minute 29

 

The final sentence of condition 16c to be amended as follows:

 

The words “Tap the App”, to be displayed bilingually, are permitted.

 

RESOLVED – That, subject to the aforementioned, the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 September 2018 be signed as a correct record.

 

 

34.

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 6 – 7:  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 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).

 

35.

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/87/18) to consider an application for a Private Hire Drivers Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence outlined in report HEP/87/18 be granted.

36.

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/82/18) 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 outlined in report HEP/82/18 be granted.

37.

Urgent item of business - Update

Minutes:

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

 

(i) Driving and Driver Standards

It was reported that officers were exploring the possible introduction of a driving standards test as part of the application process for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage drivers.  The officer also reported that some local authorities had introduced a requirement for drivers to obtain a national professional qualification as part of the application process which provided a range of skills including professional customer service, health and safety and safe installation of a wheelchair in a vehicle.  Further work could be undertaken to explore whether these options would be beneficial to be introduced in Wrexham.

 

Members were supportive of the proposal to further explore options for both driving and driver standards but some concerns were expressed regarding the potential cost implications for applicants.  The officer confirmed that would be one of the issues included in a future report.

 

(ii) Suitability Criteria

The officer reported that the Institute of Licensing had recently published a national Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants & licensees - hackney & private hire trades to assist Local Authorities in their determinations.  A future report to Committee would explore the option of adopting this criteria in place of the Council’s currently adopted model.

 

(iii) Licensing Training for Members

It was reported that officers were looking to engage Jim Button, Licensing lawyer to provide training for members of the Environmental Licensing Committee.