Agenda and minutes

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No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

2.

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:

None

3.

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Of the meeting held on 7th December 2020 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 7th December 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

4.

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That the Committee note the content of the report and authorise officers to undertake consultation with relevant stakeholders on the draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy shown at “Appendix 2”.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licence Policy, presented by The Licensing and Support Services Manager.

 

A review of all of the Council’s hackney carriage and private hire licensing policies

has been undertaken in response to the publication by the Department for Transport of guidance under section 177 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 entitled “Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Standards.” This work has culminated in the production of a new draft hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy, which officers believe should now be consulted upon.

 

Officers responded to questions from Members regarding Sub-Committee decision-making in relation to DBS barred individuals.

 

Members debated the proposal for CCTV in licensed vehicles and whether this would be optional or compulsory, and whether customers could request that CCTV recording was switched off in the event of any safeguarding issues.

 

The Corporate Director – Homes and Communities agreed to look into this further.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee notes the content of the Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licence Policy at Appendix 2, and authorise officers to undertake consultation with relevant stakeholders.

 

5.

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That the Committee consider and approve the revised draft That the Committee consider and approve the revised draft Statement of Principles shown at Appendix 1, for the purpose of consultation with relevant parties and authorise officers to undertake a 6 week consultation on the draft Statement of Principles and report back the findings of the consultation to the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee for consideration.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the revised draft Statement of Principles shown at Appendix 1.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee approves the revised draft Statement of

Principles shown at Appendix 1, for the purpose of consultation with

relevant parties and authorise officers to undertake a 6 week consultation and report back the findings of the consultation to the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee for consideration.

 

6.

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That the Committee notes the contents of the Report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the contents of the report. Officers responded to questions regarding the introduction of electric vehicles.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee notes the contents of the Report.

 

7.

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That the Committee notes the content of the Report, and in particular the updates against each of the Task & Finish Group recommendations contained at Appendix 1.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered the contents of the report. Members suggested secure storage for e-bikes should be considered.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the Forward Plan.

 

8.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Councillor Udall suggested a future agenda item to discuss Worcester’s night-time economy. The Chair agreed to consider this.