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Licensing Committee Minutes    

Date: Thursday 14 January 2021       Time: 06:00 PM       Location: Virtual Meeting       Contact: jgrainger@Mansfield.gov.uk

Attendance Details

PresentNames
Present:Councillor Sinead Anderson, Councillor Stephen Bodle, Councillor John Coxhead, Councillor Bill Drewett, Councillor Stephen N. Garner, Councillor Brian Lohan, Councillor Ann Norman, Councillor Philip Shields, Councillor John Smart, Councillor David M Smith, Councillor Sidney Walker
In AttendanceAttendees
In Attendance:Mrs. S. Rhodes-Best, Ms. H. Cash, Mr. D. Evans and Mrs. J. Grainger
ItemDescriptionBackground InformationDecision
 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEAPOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were no apologies for absence.
 
21/01DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTDECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest.
 
21/02MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8 OCTOBER, 2021MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8 OCTOBER, 2021

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 October, 2020 were submitted for confirmation.

Minutes
RESOLVED - That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 October, 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.
21/03REVISED HACKNEY CARRIAGE AND PRIVATE HIRE POLICYREVISED HACKNEY CARRIAGE AND PRIVATE HIRE POLICY

The Licensing Team Leader presented her report on the Revised Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy, seeking approval from the Committee to commence the consultation process.

Members were advised of the new recommendations regarding the Whistle Blowing Policy to safeguard employees and the recommendation for a Joint Enforcement Policy.

The Committee were assured that drivers who were not DBS checked, as they were not from the UK, were required to provide a certificate of good conduct and the Licensing Authority would determine whether they were fit and proper to hold a license. It was noted that Operators and Dispatch personnel were now also required to undertake a DBS check as they were privilege to personal information.

Members were also assured that the authority had been taking action, where evidence had been supplied, regarding smoking in vehicles.

The Committee were advised that all drivers were required to carry a full spare wheel and space savers were not acceptable for safety reasons.

Councillor Smart proposed and Councillor Walker seconded that the Licensing Committee note the proposed policy changes outlined within the report and approve the commencement of the consultation process.

The motion being put to the vote it was announced that the motion be carried by 11 votes for with 0 votes against and 0 abstentions.

Report of Licensing Team Leader

Appendix 1

Appendix 2
RESOLVED - That the Licensing Committee note the proposed policy changes outlined within the report and approve the commencement of the consultation process.
21/04LICENSING ACTIVITY REPORTLICENSING ACTIVITY REPORT

The Licensing Team Leader presented an update report of key areas of work within the Licensing Team.

The Licensing Team had been working with the trade as various changes had been implemented regarding Covid restrictions. They had conducted regular evening and daytime visits throughout the district to ensure venues were compliant with the current restrictions.

The taxi and private hire trade had been particularly affected with the closure of the night time economy.

Betting shops continued to operate although Bingo establishments had been forced to close in the current restrictions. The Gambling commission were currently undertaking a review of the Gambling Act 2005 to ensure it was fit for the digital age.

There had been an increase in the number of complaints regarding unlicensed dog breeders. The Licensing Team had contacted all the businesses and offered advice and guidance on whether they needed to be licensed.

The Team had also seen an increase in the report of unlicensed scrap metal collectors. All businesses had been contacted and given advice on how to get licensed and what was a licensable activity.

Report of Licensing Team Leader
RESOLVED - That the report be noted.
Published 15/01/2021 11:15:08