Agenda and draft minutes

Regulatory Committee - Wednesday, 17th March, 2021 10.05 am

Venue: Online Meeting

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

Note: Please note this meeting will be conducted in line with the The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020. 

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Milkinder Jaspal.

 

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 299 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee held on 20 January 2021 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

 

4.

Matters arising

Minutes:

Item 5 – Greg Bickerdike, Service Lead - Licensing, and Chris Howell, Commercial Regulation Manager, advised Members that consultation into a voluntary CCTV scheme in licensed vehicles had started and the findings would be presented at the next Non-Statutory Licensing Committee.

 

5.

Street Trading pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Joanne Till, Markets General Manager, presented a report outlining the proposed changes in relation to Street Trading Consents.

 

Councillor Bolshaw moved the recommendations within the report. Councillor Page seconded the recommendations.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee:

  1. Approved the proposed changes to the scheme of delegation in relation to Street Trading Consents.
  2. Noted the change in operational responsibility for Street Trading.
  3. Noted the compliance and enforcement responsibilities.

 

6.

Vehicle Licence Requirements Policy pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Rachel Kynaston, Section Leader Licensing, presented a report outlining the

proposal to publish a Vehicle Licence Requirements Policy following recommendations from The Department for Transport.

 

Councillor Inston moved the recommendations within the report. Councillor Muston seconded the recommendations.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee:

1.    Approved the publication of the Vehicle Licence Requirements Policy.

7.

Support for the re-opening of outdoor hospitality

[To receive a verbal update]

Minutes:

Greg Bickerdike, Service Lead - Licensing, presented a verbal update on support available to businesses for the re-opening of outdoor hospitality.

 

He outlined the existing Pavement Licence Regime and reported that, following correspondence from the Government, the regime would be extended by a further 12 months to the end of September 2022.

 

The Service Lead proposed the following recommendation:

 

‘To delegate authority to the Commercial Regulation Manager, in consultation with the Chair of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee, to make any necessary decisions regarding the extension of the pavement licence regime.’

 

Councillor Page moved the recommendation and Councillor Inston seconded the recommendation.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee:

  1. Noted the update on support for the re-opening of outdoor hospitality.
  2. Approved the proposed scheme of delegation regarding the extension of the Pavement Licence Regime.

 

8.

Taxi Grant Update

[To receive a verbal update]

 

Minutes:

Chris Howell, Commercial Regulation Manager, presented a verbal update on Taxi Grants.

 

He reported that following discussions with the Grants Team, the Additional Restriction Grant – Taxi and Private Hire Grant Scheme had been created, offering eligible drivers a one-off payment of £2,000.

 

The scheme and qualifying criteria were outlined, and the Commercial Regulation Manager responded to questions asked. He discussed the current status of applications and thanked staff for all their hard work.

 

Members were delighted with the scheme and praised officers for their hard work.

 

Resolved:

That Members of the Non-Statutory Licensing Committee:

  1. Noted the update on Taxi Grants.

 

 

The Chair closed the final meeting of the Municipal Year by thanking the Vice-Chair, Members and officers for their support throughout the previous twelve months. The Committee reciprocated its thanks to the Chair.