Agenda and minutes

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Chorley

Contact: Philippa Braithwaite  Email: philippa.braithwaite@chorley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

19.L.93

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.

Minutes:

There were no declarations.

19.L.94

Public Questions

Members of the public who have requested the opportunity to ask a question(s) on an item on the agenda will be asked to put their question(s) to the Committee.  Each member of the public will be allowed to ask one supplementary question within his/her allocated 3 minutes. 

 

https://democracy.chorley.gov.uk/documents/s67429/Appendix%203%20Standing%20Orders%20Aug%2016.pdf

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

19.L.95

Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 14 February 2018 of Licensing and Public Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing and Public Safety Committee held on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 be confirmed as a correct record for signature by the Chair.

19.L.96

Minutes of the General Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the General Licensing Sub-Committees held on 14 February, 23 May, 9 July, 22 August, and 17 October 2018 be confirmed as a correct record.

19.L.97

Minutes of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committees held on 7 June, 19 June, 20 June, 10 July and 8 October 2018 be confirmed as a correct record.

19.L.98

Update Report pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To consider and receive the report of the Director (Customer and Digital).

Minutes:

Carl Gore, Enforcement Officer Licensing and Empty Properties, presented a report of the Director (Customer and Digital) which provided an update on recent changes.

 

Following the formation of the Enforcement Team, which comprised Building Control, Planning Enforcement and Licensing Teams, the licensing section had seen increased efficiencies, particularly through being co-located within the Single Front Office leading to an increase in productivity of staff.

 

Members noted this increase of efficiency had resulted in better relationships with taxi drivers in the borough, observed at Licensing Liaison Panel meetings. In response to issues raised by Members, officers undertook to raise the following at the next Licensing Liaison Panel meeting:

 

·         Taxi drivers exceeding speed limits on Euxton Lane, particularly near the hospital.

·         The impact of long shifts behind the wheel on driving proficiency and safety.

 

The Enforcement Officer Licensing and Empty Properties also undertook to look into the latter issue with regards to using electronic systems to monitor or limit the number of hours a driver could work without a break.

 

A taxi/private hire operation had been undertaken in November 2018 which resulted in high levels of compliance. In response to a Member’s query, officers advised that two vehicles had been displaying magnetic stickers which were against the vehicle licensing conditions found in Chorley Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2017-2020.

 

In conjunction with Legal Services, the team had seen a number of successes at the Magistrates’ Court when defending appeals against decisions of both the General Licensing Sub Committee and the Licensing Act 2003 Committee. Members thanked Licensing and Legal officers for their good work, and also thanked the Members of those Sub-Committees for making strong, defendable decisions.

 

In response to a Member’s query regarding advisories on taxi testing, officers reported that this had been discontinued but it was possible to revisit this as part of the current review of the licensing policy.

 

RESOLVED – That the items discussed be added to the agenda for the next Licensing Liaison Panel meeting, and the report be noted.