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Agenda and minutes

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: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Sarah Royce  Committee Officer

Items
No. Item

37.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Krista Childs, Gwenfair Jones, Geoff Lowe, David Maddocks and Derek Wright.

38.

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To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 September 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 September 2019 be signed as a correct record.

39.

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 – 9:  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 9: 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).

 

40.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/52/19) 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 COPR/52/19 be granted.

41.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/55/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant and his representative.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence as outlined in report COPR/55/19 be granted and the Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory write to the applicant expressing the concern of the Committee with regard to his convictions and to issue a warning as to his future conduct.

42.

Conduct of a Private Hire Driver

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/51/19) to consider the conduct of a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver.  Members considered the report and the representations of the Driver and his representative.

 

RESOLVED – That the Private Hire Driver’s Licence and Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence referred to in report COPR/51/19 be revoked under Section 61 (1) (b) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 on the grounds that the Committee were not satisfied that the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Driver was a fit and proper person to hold such licences due to his recent convictions and pattern of repeat offending.

43.

Private Hire Driver's Licence Application

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Planning and Regulatory

Minutes:

The Chief Officer Planning & Regulatory submitted a report (COPR/50/19) to consider an application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence.  Members considered the report and the representations of the applicant and his representative.

 

RESOLVED – That the application for a Private Hire Driver’s Licence as outlined in report COPR/50/19 be granted.

44.

Any other items which the Chair decides are urgent

Minutes:

The Chair was of the opinion that the following matter 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.

 

Difficult Decisions – Update

 

The Trading Standards and Licensing Lead referred to the proposal arising from a previous Difficult Decisions budget process, previously reported to the Committee, to cease vehicle MOT testing in the Council’s garage facility on Abbey Road (Minute 4 and 13 refer).  The officer was pleased to report to Committee that following further discussions vehicle MOT testing at the depot would be able to continue.  Members were also advised that work was ongoing in respect of ways to modernise the licensing service and reviewing vehicle licensing fees and charges to ensure that they were set at an appropriate level for the purposes of cost recovery.

 

This information was welcomed by Members and it was –

 

RESOLVED – That the Chair of the Environmental Licensing Committee write to the Leader of the Council and the Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport to convey the Committee’s support for the continuation of Private Hire Vehicle MOT testing at the Council’s Abbey Road depot.