Agenda and minutes

Licensing & Regulatory Committee - Friday, 17th November, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: The Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. View directions

Contact: Mr. Pat Trafford, Democratic Services. (01538) 395551 

Items
No. Item

27.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee held on 10 March 2017 pdf icon PDF 229 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Jackson asked whether, under Minute 22 (Licensing Enforcement Activity – July to September 2016) it had yet been established whether “Downtown Pizza”, Cheadle was still in operation. Mike Towers was able to advise that the business was still trading, but not after 11pm. The licence was only required for trading after that time and there was, therefore, no breach taking place. The premises would be monitored for future breaches.

 

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee held on 10March 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

28.

Urgent items of business, if any.

Minutes:

There were none.

29.

Declarations of interest, if any.

Minutes:

There were no declarations made.

30.

Immigration Act 2016 Update pdf icon PDF 205 KB

Minutes:

The new Immigration Act 2016 which came into effect on 1 December 2016 introduced new ‘right to work’ checks for new Taxi Drivers and Operators.

 

Mike Towers confirmed that, after almost a year of operation, no problems had been experienced with the new applications processed in that time.

 

In the light of recent news headlines surrounding the ‘Uber’ organisation and shortfalls in their staff vetting process, Mike was able to assure members that the current checking regime meant that such a situation could not happen in the SMDC area. The Police ‘DBS’ check was repeated every three years and flagged up any criminal convictions. The Council’s Licensing Policy required applicants to demonstrate that they were a suitable person before the licence was issued.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be NOTED.

31.

Implementation of the Hackney Carriage Decals pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Minutes:

Work was underway on the introduction of Hackney Carriage Decals, with the procurement process ongoing with local companies to supply suitable decals.

 

All existing and new Hackney Carriage Vehicles were to be required to display the decals on the bonnet and side panels stating “Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Licensed Hackney Carriage Vehicle”. The decals would make it easier for people to distinguish between ‘Hackney Carriage Vehicles’ (can be hailed) and ‘Private Hire Vehicles’ (must be pre-booked).

 

The decals were to be rolled out to operators over the coming weeks, with the first issue to each operator/driver being free of charge, but any subsequently issued decals  would have to be paid for. Magnetic signs had been trialled previously but problems had emerged with signs being lost. It was also easier to transfer the magnetic signs over from 1 vehicle to another, allowing drivers to fraudulently 'authorise' vehicles which had not been subject to the correct checks.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be NOTED and that the decals be restricted to stickers only.

32.

Licensing Enforcement Activity July - October 2017 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on Licensing Service enforcement actions for the period 1st July 2017 to 31st October 2017.

 

The details were as follows:-

 

Frequency

Enforcement Activity

10

Letters/Emails to Taxi Drivers regarding the Safeguarding Courses and the BTEC course requirements.

0

Driver Penalty Points Awarded

87

Temporary Event Notices Issued with Alcohol

19

Late Temporary Event Notices issued with Alcohol

0

Temporary Event Notices issued without Alcohol

1

Review of Premises Licence (Stanley’s)

 

The primary focus of enforcement work to date had been on ensuring that the law in relation to all relevant licensing legislation and guidance was properly observed. In considering the focus of this activity the Licensing Service had had reference to:-

 

·        Those premises/vehicles against which complaints had been received;

 

·        Those premises which did not hold a licence but where intelligence suggested that licensable activity was taking place.

 

A variety of breaches were identified in the course of these activities, but were addressed by a voluntary change of behaviour on the part of the Licence Holder or via specific action by the Licensing Service and partners. In none of the cases was further legal action or the application of criminal sanction necessary.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be NOTED.

 

33.

Chair/Members' Questions/Issues.

Minutes:

There were no questions or issues raised.

34.

Date of Next Meeting - 9 March 2018