Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall, Stockport. View directions
Contact: Carol Hargreaves (0161 474 3203)
To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2023.
The minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 13 December 2023 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.
Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interest that they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.
No declarations of interest were made.
To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.
It was reported that 11 urgent decisions had been taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Committee.
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).
No public questions were submitted.
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whether it is in the public interest to exclude the public during the consideration of agenda item 7 that is marked "not for publication" by virtue of the paragraph 1 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), as they contain ‘information relating to an individual’
RESOLVED – That in order to prevent the disclosure of information which was not for publication, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of agenda item 7, relating to paragraph 1 (Information relating to any individual) and paragraph 2 (Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual) of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
To consider a report of the Director of Place Management.
The report provides members with a set of recommendations relating to a series of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing vehicle standards and conditions of licence.
Members are requested to consider the recommendations contained in the report and resolve to approve them for implementation from 8 February 2024 for new to licence vehicles, and with a transitional period for existing licences up to 31 December 2025 at which time all vehicles licensed by Stockport Council must be compliant with the approved set of vehicle standards.
Officer contact: Sarah Tooth telephone: 0161 474 4176 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A representative of the Director of Place Management submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) which provided Members with a set of recommendations relating to a series of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing vehicle standards and conditions of licence.
The following comments were made/issues raised:
· The Committee noted that extensive discussions with the taxi trade had taken place over the years and the trade was largely supportive of the proposals.
· In response to a Member question, the Committee was advised that taxi drivers can operate in any area. Funding for these proposals however, would only be available for drivers who were licenced within Greater Manchester.
· Seven of the other nine Greater Manchester Authorities were already signed up to this scheme.
RESOLVED – That the recommendations contained in the report be approved for implementation from 8 February 2024 for new to licence vehicles, and with a transitional period for existing licences up to 31 December 2025 at which time all licenses approved by Stockport Council must be compliant with the approved set of vehicle standards.
CASE NUMBER P1779
To consider a report of the Director for Place Management.
The report details the previous convictions of a new applicant for a Private Hire Driver’s licence.
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 0161 474 4175 or email: email@example.com
A representative of the Director of Place Management submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) requesting the committee to consider whether the applicant was a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a private 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.