Agenda and minutes

Licensing & Regulatory Committee
Wednesday 12th June 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Gipping Room, Grafton House

Contact: Jess Dool  01473 432513

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

Minutes:

Resolved:

That Councillor Hughes be appointed as Chair for the 2019/20 municipal year.

 

2.

Appointment of Vice Chair

Minutes:

Resolved:

That Councillor Darwin be appointed as Vice-Chair for the 2019/20 municipal year.

 

3.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Riley, Councillor Cenci and Councillor Studd.

4.

To consider the Unconfirmed Minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2019 be signed as a true record.

 

4.1       Councillor Ross confirmed that Officers continued to consider the adoption of a Women’s Safety Charter by Ipswich Borough Council. Councillor Hughes requested that a meeting be arranged to discuss the Charter further and to agree the deadlines for implementation. Mr Burrows agreed to arrange this with the appropriate officers.

 

            Action: That a meeting regarding the Women’s Safety Charter be arranged between Mr Burrows, Officers from the Economic Development team and Councillor Hughes.

 

4.2       Nigel Burrows, Principal Environmental Health Officer, confirmed that Licensing and Economic Development had been working to revive the Purple Flag and Barwatch schemes and that licence holders would be contacted in due course. Councillor Darwin commented that the ‘Women Reclaim the Night’ event had been a great success and suggested that organisations promoting women’s safety be involved in the consultation for the new Barwatch scheme. 

 

4.3       In response to a question, Mr Burrows confirmed that data mapping for offences reported in and around licenced premises within Ipswich would be requested from the Police, and this would be used to indicate any hotspots and show the types of crimes being committed. It was agreed that once the information had been received, this would be considered at a future Licensing & Regulatory Committee meeting.

 

5.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the order of business be confirmed as printed on the agenda.

6.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Xhaferaj declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 10 LR/19/02 as a family member held Private Hire Taxi Driver’s Licence and left the room for this item.

7.

To Confirm the Dates and Times of Meetings of the Committee

To confirm the start time of Meetings as 6.00pm on the following dates for 2019/20:

 

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Thursday 3 October 2019

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the dates and times of future meetings be confirmed as printed on the agenda.

8.

Establishment of Sub-Committees

(a)  To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 27 January 2005, to deal with hearings under the Licensing Act 2003;

 

(b)  To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 21 June 2007 to deal with hearings under the Gambling Act 2005;

 

(c)  To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 20 December 2007, to deal with hackney carriage and private hire enforcement matters;

 

(d)  To establish a Sub-Committee of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 26 March 2009, to deal with applications for sitting out areas.

 

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

a)    To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 27 January 2005, to deal with hearings under the Licensing Act 2003;

 

b)   To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 21 June 2007 to deal with hearings under the Gambling Act 2005;

 

c)    To establish Sub-Committees of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 20 December 2007, to deal with hackney carriage and private hire enforcement matters;

 

d)   To establish a Sub-Committee of 3 Councillors in the terms established by Committee on 26 March 2009, to deal with applications for sitting out areas.

 

8.1       Councillor Hughes asked that the possibility of holding evening meetings for Licensing Sub-Committees and Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Sub-Committees be considered. Nigel Burrows confirmed that officers would consider this further outside of the meeting.

9.

LR/19/01 The Licensing Act 2003: Applications Update Report pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Minutes:

9.1       Councillor Xhaferaj left the room at the start of this item.

 

9.2       Mr Burrows confirmed that there had been a number of new applications and applications for licence variations since the previous meeting in November. Mr Burrows reported that following a recent Sub-Committee hearing, the Grinning Rat’s licence had been revoked.

 

9.3       Mr Burrows confirmed that the applications for Greshams and Aurora Bars & Restaurants Ltd were out for consultation and had yet to be determined. It was noted a number of objections from the public had been received to the application made by Aurora Bar & Restaurants Ltd to vary their licence.

 

9.4       In response to a question asked, Mr Burrows confirmed that 2am opening hours would be considered normal for Night Time Economy.

 

Resolved:

 

That the report be noted.

 

10.

LR/19/02 Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy - Responses to the Consultation pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10.1    Councillor Xhaferaj had declared an interest in this item and so was not present during its discussion.

 

10.2    Mr Burrows reported that the draft Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Policy had been published and following the consultation held, 144 responses had been received by the Council. Of these, 143 responses had been concerning the emissions standards for vehicles and 1 response had been with regards to the enforcement of these standards. The five possible options detailed in the report had therefore been put before the Committee for consideration.

 

10.3    Ms Lovell, Operations Manager for Public Protection, confirmed that the Council would aim to be consistent with neighbouring authorities however due to the significant impact on air quality within Ipswich, action would be required sooner to meet the standards required.

 

10.4    Ms Lovell explained that the consultation had been opened to the public which was why there had been more responses received than the number of vehicles which would be affected.

 

10.5    In response to a question asked, Ms Lovell confirmed that officers had spoken to the bus companies about how air quality could be addressed, and it had been suggested that support could be provided to them with regards to possible grant applications.

 

10.6    A discussion took place on option 1, age limit on vehicles, and Ms Lovell confirmed that if an age limit of vehicles was introduced, this would minimise any confusion as to whether a vehicle met the requirement or not and also meant that the policy would not require amendments when the Euro 7 category was added to the emission standards. Ms Lovell advised that if it was agreed that the age limit of vehicles be set to under 15 years old by 2020, 6 drivers would be affected, whilst if the vehicle age limit was set at 10 years old by 2020, 41 drivers would be affected.

 

10.7    Mr Burrows confirmed that the licensing policy would be applied to both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Licensing and Regulatory Committee authorises the Operations Manager – Public Protection to undertake the consultation process relating to the revised draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy attached at Appendix 1.

11.

Exclusion of Public

To consider that the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following agenda items under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972 as it is likely that if members of the public were present during this item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information falling within paragraphs 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the remaining business under section 100(A) of the Local Government Act as it was likely that if members of the public were present there would be a disclosure to them of exempt information falling within paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

12.

LR/19/03 Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Enforcement