Agenda and minutes

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9.

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 Mohammed Sajad, a taxi driver, addressed the Committee. He commented on a number of matters, including what he perceived to be a lack of enforcement action against unauthorised cars parking in taxi ranks in the early hours at weekends, and some drivers having to appear in front of the Licensing Sub-Committee when replacing their vehicles, due to a requirement in the WCC handbook for a minimum engine size of 1600cc.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Sajad for his contribution.

 

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Of the meeting held on 14th June 2021 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

With reference to minute 8, the Chair was asked what the outcome was regarding a future agenda item on Worcester’s night time economy. Officers responded that no representations had been received on the subject, therefore it was considered that the Committee was not yet ready for an agenda item on the subject. It was acknowledged that Worcestershire Regulatory Services and others were already working closely with the local hospitality industry in this regard.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2021 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

12.

Street Collections Update Report pdf icon PDF 209 KB

To note the details of all charitable street collection applications received by the Council and granted by Officers under delegated authority, (to date) for 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the contents of the Report, and noted that the number of Street Collect applications were down in comparison to previous years, which was as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.

 

RESOLVED: That Members noted the details of all charitable street collection applications received by the Council and granted by Officers under delegated authority, (to date) for 2021.

 

13.

Community Environmental Health Activity Report pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To note the contents of the Community Environmental Health Report 2020-2021.

Minutes:

The contents of the Report were considered.  Members asked whether delays in providing Food Hygiene Certificates was problematic. Officers replied that a risk-based approach was being adopted, which prioritized larger premises.

 

Members enquired whether that had been an increase in aggression from complainants. Officers confirmed that training was in place to equip staff in dealing with difficult members of the public, and that whilst there were occasional instances of verbal abuse directed at employees, no-one had been threatened.

 

RESOLVED: That the contents of the Community Environmental Health Report 2020-2021 were noted.

 

14.

Licensing Annual Report 2021 pdf icon PDF 236 KB

To note the Licensing Annual Report 2021.

Minutes:

Members considered the contents of the Licensing Annual Report. Officers responded to questions regarding Temporary Event Notices and Gambling establishments.

 

RESOLVED:That the contents of the Licensing Annual Report 2021 were noted.

15.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Members queried the frequency of updates arising from the Air Quality Task and Finish Group. Officers confirmed that the Annual Air Quality Report  will come to the January meeting of the Committee, which will include an update on the recommendations from the Task and Finish Group. This will provide an opportunity for further discussion.

 

Members expressed concern about a recent report in the local press regarding a young woman who became ill on a night out in the City centre and was allegedly left for an hour before an ambulance was called. Questions were raised regarding duty of care in the City’s hospitality establishments. Officers agreed to liaise with Worcestershire Regulatory Services upon receipt of further details.