Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee - Wednesday, 6 March 2019 6:15 pm

Venue: Room 11/12/13 - Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN. View directions

Contact: Catherine Collins, Tel: 023 8068 8326  email:  catherine.collins@eastleigh.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

12.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Craig and Councillor Groves.

13.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare interests in relation to items of business on the agenda.  Any interests declared will be recorded in the Minutes.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest in items of business on the agenda on this occasion.

14.

Public Participation

Minutes:

Tim Murray, taxi private hirer driver and operator, spoke in relation to UBER, citing concerns that he and other drivers have over UBER drivers “ranking up” in ring fenced areas at Eastleigh Airport and Parkway Station. He requested action from the Council before the situation between Hackney Carriage drivers and UBER drivers escalates.

 

Licensing Enforcement Officers provided a statement and offered to meet with Mr Murray to go through his complaint.

15.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting held on  30 January 2019.

Minutes:

Councillor Broomfield requested that the Minutes of the meeting on 30 January 2019 relating to item 11 on the agenda, Draft Gambling Act Policy, last paragraph be changed from the license to licence in two places before they were confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

 

16.

Member training requirements and opportunities

Minutes:

Members were updated with the next training date, which will be on 19 July 2019.

17.

Changes to Licensing legislation - verbal update

Minutes:

There were no significant changes to licensing and gambling policies which were adopted successfully.

18.

Report on the Licensing Panel Hearings since the last Committee meeting pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Minutes:

The Licensing Manager provided an update on the Licensing Panel decision of the meeting held on 31st July 2018 regarding the application for review of premises licence to Harvester Ham Farm Public House.

Having carefully considered all evidence, and all the steps available under section 52, sub section 4, the Panel decided to take no action at this stage but set out that the following be RECOMMENDED:

 

·  The premises should not rest on their laurels and must continue to liaise with residents and continue to work with them on finding solutions and cementing the permanence of the current, and very recent, positive position.

 

·  In future, residents’ issues of concern should be logged with / reported to Environmental Health as well as the premises.

 

·  There is a right of appeal for all parties to the Magistrates’ Court.  Formal notification of the decision will set out that right in full.

19.

Eastleigh Borough Council / Southampton City Council - Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Minutes:

The Licensing Manager provided a summary of licensing activity 2018/2019.

 

Summary of Licensing Activity 2018 to 2019

 

Licensing Act 2003

41 premises have been inspected with no significant issues

12 complaints investigated, again no significant issues.

Have attended numerous Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meetings

Worked with and attended numerous large events at Ageas Bowl and continue to do so with the Cricket World Cup this coming summer.

 

Gambling Act 2005

6 premises inspected with no significant issues

Worked with one betting shop that was subject of 2 robberies ensuring local risk assessments were updated and staff were safe.

 

Taxis

Taxi complaints are reported quarterly at the Local Transport forum meetings. There have been a number of pro-active operations carried out throughout the year including test purchasing that caught both licensed and an unlicensed driver unlawfully plying for hire.

Another operation was carried out testing the vehicle condition and this resulted in a number of vehicles having to arrange repairs to their vehicles.

A lot has happening in the taxi world.

 

Safeguarding training

We have consulted on requiring drivers to undertake safeguarding training. A report will be submitted to the licensing committee at a later date to consider adopting a policy on this. However there is an issue around the type of training to be delivered. We are currently waiting for advice from the School to home transport office at Winchester County Council to advise of their requirements.

 

Working group on adopting a fit and proper policy

The Institute of Licensing guidance on granting licences in the taxi trade has been discussed with the taxi trade. The trade are extremely concerned about one aspect of the document that suggests when a driver reaches 7 DVLA points on their licence they are not licensed by the authority for a period of 5 years. We are continuing to discuss this with the trade and this is another matter likely to be brought before the committee to determine.

 

Task and Finish Group 34 recommendations for the taxi trades

There is a lot of debate nationally on the recommendations, there is a consensus of agreement on a lot of the recommendations but working through the detail will be a challenge.

 

Department for Transport consultation on guidance on taxi licensing to protect the public

Officers are working with members to prepare a response on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council.

 

Member training

Friday 19 July 2019 at Eastleigh House – James Button will deliver the training. More details will be published nearer the time.

 

Phil Bates