Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

41.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

42.

Public Representations

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

Mr Sajad, Mr Hussain and Mr Salim asked to address the Committee separately.

 

Mr Sajad commented that he had had difficulty making contact with the Chair, regarding a number of issues connected with the taxi trade. He mentioned high numbers of Wychavon taxi drivers in Worcester city centre at night, competing for passengers. He informed Committee members that Labrynth nightclub were preventing taxis from waiting outside their premises by blocking the rank with cones and/or vehicles. He added that the issue had been reported but no enforcement action taken.

 

Mr Sajad was concerned that the works to the taxi rank on the Cross would not be completed to schedule and that issues caused by the displacement of taxis would be ongoing unless enforcement action was taken.

 

The Chair agreed to discuss Mr Sajad’s concerns further outside of the meeting.

 

Mr Hussain asked the Committee to consider a proposal to restrict traffic joining the Cross from Trinity Street, to taxis, deliveries and disabled people. He believed this would reduce congestion and pollution in the area.

 

In addition to this proposal he asked Committee to consider implementing an app which would alert drivers when taxi ranks were full. Mr Hussain commented that these proposals had first been shared in 2019, but he had not received a response.

 

Officers agreed to consider the proposals and respond in due course.

 

Mr Salim addressed the Committee on behalf of the taxi drivers’ association. He asked Committee to consider raising the age limit on expired vehicles from 3 years to 5 years to ease the financial burden on drivers.

 

Mr Salim also requested increased enforcement activity to keep ranks clear of private vehicles. He commented that there was no signage at Cathedral Square to let customers know there was a temporary taxi rank there in the evening, while works were taking place to the rank on the Cross

 

Mr Salim further requested an update on issues previously raised regarding the bus lane in Lowesmoor, and requested installation of a mirror or other means of drivers being able to identify free spaces on the Cross while parked in St Swithins’ St, without having to leave their cars.

 

The Chair suggested a meeting of the taxi forum would be held to discuss the issues raised.

43.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Of the meeting held on 13th June 2022 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

Councillor Cronin referred to the item raised under AOB at the last meeting, regarding the Cross taxi rank closure. Issues around signage, communication, length of closure and lack of enforcement for misuse of ranks were cited as causes for ongoing concern.

 

The Chair confirmed that there had been a request for enforcement to be stepped up in the approach to Christmas, and that a Taxi Marshall system was currently under discussion.

 

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2022 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

 

44.

Street Collections 2022 pdf icon PDF 209 KB

Members are asked to note the details of all charitable street collection applications received by the Council and granted by Officers under delegated authority, (to date) for 2022.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Officers presented the annual report on Street Collections to the Committee. The number of applications for Street Collections remained at a low level since the COVID 19 pandemic. 13 applications had been received for the year to date, some way below the annual limit of 35.

 

Officers confirmed that contactless payment collections would require a permit in the same way as a cash collection. Officers responded to questions regarding regulation of ‘Lands End to John O’Groats’ type charity collectors passing through the county, and confirmed these types of collectors should secure a permit in the same way as any other charity collector.

 

Committee Members noted the low number of applications received this year and passed on their thanks to regulatory services for efficiently facilitating collections at short notice in response to emergency situations.

 

RESOLVED: That committee notes the contents of the report.

45.

Information Report on the Provision of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) in Licensed Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles pdf icon PDF 147 KB

That Committee note the contents of this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Officers presented a report to update Committee members regarding the provision of

CCTV in in licensed hackney carriage and private hire vehicles. The report concluded

that it would not be appropriate to mandate installation of CCTV in vehicles at the

present time, but this would continue to be kept under review.

 

In response to questions, Officers confirmed that operators whose licensing authority

did not mandate the use of CCTV were not compelled to have CCTV if they chose to

operate in an area whose authority made it a condition for their licence holders.

Operators would be bound by the terms of their own licensing authority, regardless of

where they travel to.

 

RESOLVED: That Committee notes the contents of the report.

46.

Community Environmental Health Activity Data Report 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 187 KB

That the contents of the Community Environmental Health Report 2021-2022 be noted.

Minutes:

Officers provided Committee members with a report on the year’s Environmental Health activity. Officers agreed to circulate an updated version of a noise nuisance guide to assist members in dealing with constituent queries.

 

In response to questions about food waste reduction initiatives and use by dates, Officers confirmed that no issues had been reported to date.

 

Officers were asked about allocation of resources and replied that they assisted with queries wherever they could, but ultimately were confined to act in accordance with their statutory duty.

 

RESOLVED: That Committee notes the content of the report.

47.

Licensing Annual Report 2022 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

That the Licensing Annual Report 2022 be noted.

Minutes:

Officers presented a report providing members with details of activities under the Licensing Act 2003, the Gambling Act 2005 and all other aspects of Licensing.

 

The Committee was pleased to note that the City had achieved Purple Flag accreditation status for meeting/surpassing standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.

 

RESOLVED: That Committee notes the contents of the report.

48.

Proposal to Introduce 'Real Time' Air Quality Monitoring Equipment to Manage Air Quality pdf icon PDF 209 KB

That Committee –

 

1.1Notes the contents of the report and in particular the proposal to introduce ‘real time’ air quality monitoring equipment at various locations across the City;

 

1.2Endorses the submission of a grant funding application to the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ‘Air Quality Grant Scheme’ that would    require match funding as set out in recommendations 1.3 and 1.4;

 

1.3Recommends to Environment Committee that the capital programme be amended by £4,500 for match funding the capital grant if the bid is successful;

 

1.4Recommends to Environment Committee the approval of annual revenue funding of £2,500 to commence from 1st April 2023;

 

1.5Notes that a further report will be submitted to this Committee in Spring 2023 should the grant funding application be unsuccessful or partly unsuccessful in order to review the provision of ‘real time’ air quality monitoring equipment.

Minutes:

Officers presented a report for a proposal to introduce ‘real time’ air quality monitoring equipment to manage air quality.

 

In response to Committee Members’ questions, Officers confirmed that if approved, the system would run in parallel to, not take the place of, the current system, which was already budgeted for.

 

Committee Members noted that it was hoped that an application to DEFRA’s Air Quality Grant Scheme would cover 90% of the cost of the new system.

 

Committee Members commented on the importance of providing data from the real time monitoring equipment, if approved, in as timely a manner as possible. Officers confirmed that real time data should be readily available via an app.

 

It was hoped that data from the system could be used to inform future transport planning decisions and may help to shape behaviours.

 

RESOLVED: That Committee:

1.   Notes the contents of the report and in particular the proposal to introduce ‘real time’ air quality monitoring equipment at various locations across the City;

2.   Endorses the submission of a grant funding application to the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ‘Air Quality Grant Scheme’ that would require match funding as set out in recommendations 1.3 and 1.4;

3.   Recommends to Environment Committee that the capital programme be amended by £4,500 for match funding the capital grant if the bid is successful;

4.   Recommends to Environment Committee the approval of annual revenue funding of £2,500 to commence from 1st April 2023;

5.   Notes that a further report will be submitted to this Committee in Spring 2023 should the grant funding application be unsuccessful or partly unsuccessful in order to review the provision of ‘real time’ air quality monitoring equipment.

 

49.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chair is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.