Agenda and minutes

Licensing, Environment & Safety Committee
Wednesday, 24th April, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Carol Hargreaves  (0161 474 3203)

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

2.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during the consideration of agenda items 7 - 11 that are marked "not for publication" by virtue of the paragraph 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), as they contain ‘information relating to an individual’

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Agenda Items 7-11 to prevent the disclosure of information relating to an individual as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), the disclosure of which would not be in the public interest, would not be fair to the appellant and would breach their data protection principles.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

The following interest was declared:-

 

Personal and Prejudicial

 

Councillor                  Interest

 

Sylvia Humphreys   Agenda Item 11 – ‘Case Number P1713’ as she knew the                              driver.  Councillor Humphreys left the meeting during

                                    consideration of this item and took no part in the

                                    subsequent discussion and decision.

4.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration reported that the Corporate Director, in consultation with the Chair, had taken urgent action to suspend 14 hire car drivers’ licences.

5.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and members of the Committee on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice. (Questions must be submitted prior to the commencement of the meeting on the cards provided.  These are available at the meeting).

Minutes:

No public questions were submitted.

6.

Permission to consult on taxi licensing minimum standards pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report provides Members of the Committee with details of the project to implement minimum standards for taxi licensing across Greater Manchester and requests permission to consult on the minimum standards.

 

The Committee is requested to note the ongoing work across Greater Manchester with regards to minimum standards and to provide permission to consult once finalised.

 

Officer contact:  Ian O’Donnell tel: 474 4175 or email: ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided Members of the Committee with details of the project to implement minimum standards for taxi licensing across Greater Manchester.

 

RESOLVED (1) That the report relating to the ongoing work across Greater Manchester be noted.

 

(2) The Committee provided permission for consultation to take place once the ongoing work had been finalised.

 

7.

Case Number P1707 - Deferred from last Committee

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report informs Members of a new applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire driver’s licence.

 

Officer contact: Ian O’Donnell on 474 4175 or email: ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.

8.

Case Number P1709 -Deferred from last Committee

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.

 

The report provides details of an existing driver’s recent conduct.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the driver remains a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

 

Officer contact: Ian O’Donnell on 474 4175 or Email: ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the driver remained a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver, who was accompanied by his solicitor, in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – (6 in favour, 1 against and 2 abstentions) that the driver be suspended for a period of 6 months on the basis that the Committee was not satisfied with the driver’s explanation as to why he did not report two accidents to the Licensing Department.  The Committee considered that this could have been an attempt to avoid any action being taken against the driver’s licence and were not satisfied that the driver had been entirely open with the Committee regarding the circumstances surrounding these incidents.  The Committee therefore concluded that a suspension of the driver’s licence for a period of six months was a reasonable response in this instance.

9.

Case Number P1710

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration.

 

The report details a new applicant’s previous conviction.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

 

Officer contact: Ian O’Donnell on 474 4175 or Email: Ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.

10.

Case Number P1712

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.

 

The report details a new applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

 

Officer contact: Ian O’Donnell on 474 4175 or Email: Ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.

 

11.

Case Number P1713

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.

 

The report details a new applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee is requested to consider whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Operator’s Licence.

 

Officer contact: Ian O’Donnell on 474 4175 or Email: Ian.o’donnell@stockport.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

A representative of the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which requested the Committee to consider whether the applicant was a fit and proper person to hold a hire car driver’s licence in view of the applicant’s previous convictions.

 

The Committee interviewed the driver in relation to these matters.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted.