Agenda and minutes

Statutory Licensing Committee
Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 3 - 3rd Floor - Civic Centre

Contact: Donna Cope, Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01902 554452 Email:  donna.cope@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Hibbert, Councillor Muston and West Midlands Police.

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 6 June 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Matters arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

5.

Schedule of outstanding minutes

Minutes:

None.

6.

Minutes of meeting Friday, 15 June 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 15 June 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

7.

Minutes of meeting Tuesday, 26 June 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 26 June 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

8.

Minutes of meeting Friday, 29 June 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 29 June 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

9.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 18 July 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 18 July 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

10.

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 25 July 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 25 July 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

11.

Minutes of meeting Friday, 24 August 2018 of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 24 August 2018 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

12.

Cumulative Impact Zone - Police update

[To receive a verbal update by police representatives in relation the Licensing Act 2003 – Review of Cumulative Impact Policy report]

Minutes:

This item was deferred and will be rescheduled for a future meeting of the Committee.

13.

Health and Safety Statutory Plan 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Will Humphries, Service Lead, Environmental Health, presented a report asking Members to:

 

  1. Approve the proposed Health & Safety Statutory Plan 2018/19.

 

A wide-ranging debate followed, and Officers agreed to take the none licensing based comments for the relevant department to respond.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Licensing Committee:

 

  1. Approved the proposed Health & Safety Statutory Plan 2018/19.

 

14.

Replacement Vehicle pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Chris Howell, Licensing Manager, presented a report asking Members to:

 

  1. Approve the proposed change to the private hire vehicle replacement process.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Licensing Committee:

 

  1. Approved the proposed change to the private hire vehicle replacement process.

 

15.

Consultation on Guidelines pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Chris Howell, Licensing Manager, presented a report asking Members to:

 

  1. Agree the proposed amendments to the Guidelines Relating to Relevance of Convictions and Breaches of Licence Conditions relating to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Proprietors and Drivers and Private Hire Vehicle Operators should be the subject of a consultation exercise.

 

  1. Request that employees undertake a consultation exercise.

 

  1. Receive a further report following completion of the consultation exercise.

 

  1. Note that the proposed amendments have been subject to an internal consultation with employees.

 

In response to questions asked, the Licensing Manager and Sarah Hardwick, Senior Solicitor, confirmed that when developing the proposed amendments, the current standards had not been lowered.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Licensing Committee:

 

  1. Agreed the proposed amendments to the Guidelines Relating to Relevance of Convictions and Breaches of Licence Conditions relating to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle Proprietors and Drivers and Private Hire Vehicle Operators should be the subject of a consultation exercise.

 

  1. Requested that employees undertake a consultation exercise.

 

  1. Agreed to receive a further report following completion of the consultation exercise.

 

Noted that the proposed amendments had been subject to an internal consultation with employees.

16.

Driver training programme pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Chris Howell, Licensing Manager, presented a report asking Members to note:

 

  1. That the driver training programme would include modern slavery.

 

  1. The duration of the course would be extended to include the extra training requirements.

 

Nigel Todd, Senior Driver Training Instructor, Worcestershire County Council, presented the modern slavery training material to Members and answered any questions they had.

 

Members welcomed the inclusion of modern slavery within the training programme and the Licensing Manager and Senior Driver Training Instructor welcomed Members to attend a future session.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Licensing Committee noted:

 

  1. That the driver training programme would include modern slavery.

 

  1. The duration of the course would be extended to include the extra training requirements.