Agenda and minutes
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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing and Public Safety Committee held on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 be confirmed as a correct record for signature by the Chair.
Declarations of Any Interests
Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda.
If you have a pecuniary interest you must withdraw from the meeting. Normally you should leave the room before the business starts to be discussed. You do, however, have the same right to speak as a member of the public and may remain in the room to enable you to exercise that right and then leave immediately. In either case you must not seek to improperly influence a decision on the matter.
No declarations of any interests were received.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the General Licensing Sub-Committees held on 6 December 2017, 18 December 2017 and 17 January 2018 be confirmed as a correct record.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee held on 15 November 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.
Report of the Director of Early Intervention and Support (enclosed).
The Director of Early Intervention and Support submitted a report informing members of the expressions of interest received for a wheelchair accessible (WAV) motor hackney vehicle licence and invited the Committee to undertake a Tombola style selection to identify the preferential order in which the expressions of interest should be considered.
Following on from the report considered by the Committee on 19 July 2017, the Regulatory Services Manager wrote to 89 licence holders who may have met the criteria; the compliance with the criteria could not be fully assessed at this stage. Forms for completion and deadline dates were provided in respect of return of expressions of interest. All received expressions of interest were returned within the required timescales.
The returned expressions of interest were considered against the Guidance and criteria provided in Appendix 1 of the report. A total of thirteen expressions of interest forms were returned, one of which was rejected as it did not meet the criteria in that the person had not held a relevant licence for the required three year period.
Persons who submitted expressions of interest which complied with the assessed eligibility criteria were notified in writing. The one person who appeared to not have held a licence for the prerequisite time was also written to explaining the reason for the exclusion and the person concerned was offered the opportunity to provide further information demonstrating that they did in fact meet the eligibility criteria. Members were informed at the meeting that additional support had been offered but it was ultimately considered to not be a valid expression of interest.
The Lead Licensing Enforcement Officer informed members that the WAV vehicle conditions in the guidance (Appendix 1) did not reflect the standard WAV conditions. In this case, this related to the criteria preventing the use of rear loading/access doors. This was an oversight when producing the criteria, as this restriction for WAV’s was removed in the updated vehicle conditions in 2016.
Members of the Committee agreed that the tombola draw be undertaken, and in a way that all the expressions of interest were drawn to provide an audit trail to demonstrate that all valid expressions of interest had been entered. Therefore, all twelve expressions of interest were drawn in the tombola and selected as follows;
1. Makbul Hussain
2. Siraj Jiva
3. Shamail Iyaz Ahmed
4. Habij Miah
5. Shakail Ahmed
6. Yellow Cabs (North West) Limited
7. Hussain Mama Assan
8. Yaseer Siddique
9. Fazail Iyaz Ahmed
11.Usman Iyaz Ahmed
Members were reminded that the report considered and approved by the Licensing and Public Safety Committee in July 2017 was clear that the process would only consider the first three people drawn as part of any subsequent application process. In the unlikely scenario that the first three failed to meet the Council’s requirements, the entire process would be re-run. This would ensure that anyone who might become eligible in the intervening period be given the same opportunity ... view the full minutes text for item 18.LPS.92