Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN

To elect a Vice-Chairman from among the councillors.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Farmer was elected as Vice Chairman.

 

2.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 206 KB

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2021 are attached for confirmation and signature as a current record.

Minutes:

The minutes of 2 March 2021 were agreed and confirmed and signed as a correct record.

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence from Members*.

 

*Note: Members are asked to email Committee Services in advance of the meeting as soon as they become aware they will be absent.

Minutes:

Apologies received from Councillor Delaney, Councillor Drage and Councillor Wright.

 

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To declare disclosable pecuniary, and any other, interests*.

 

*Note: Members are asked to email Committee Services in advance of the meeting as soon as they become aware they may have an interest to declare.

Minutes:

None declared.

5.

CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Minutes:

The Chairman expressed thanks to Sophy Brough of the Licensing Service Team for all her work with the Licensing Committee and wished her well in her future role. 

 

6.

AMENDMENT TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE POLICY pdf icon PDF 156 KB

The purpose of this report is to consider a draft amendment to the Taxi and Private Hire Policy.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Licensing Committee is recommended to approve the draft amendment to the Taxi and Private Hire Policy for consultation with the trade and interested parties.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an amendment to the Council’s Taxi and Private Hire Policy to make card payments mandatory in all licensed vehicles.  This would be included in the specifications and conditions of Hackney carriage and Private Hire vehicles.

 

DECISION

 

Approved the draft amendment to the Taxi and Private Hire Policy for consultation with trade and interested parties.

 

7.

RENEWAL OF THE SHARED LICENSING SERVICE WITH BASINGSTOKE & DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider the renewal of the Shared Licensing Service between Hart District Council and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Licensing Committee:

1.               Considers the renewal of the Shared Licensing Service between Hart District Council and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council;

 

2.               Agrees any comments to Cabinet to take into account when they consider the renewal of the Shared Licensing Service.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the renewal of Shared Licensing Service between Hart District Council and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council 

 

Members discussed:  

        The proposed length of the Shared Service renewal 

        The net cost of the Shared Service 

        The improved resilience by operating a Shared Service 

        Performance against a set of key performance indicators (KPIs), and while this was a matter for Overview & Scrutiny, asked for a note on KPIs be circulated to Licensing Committee prior to the next meeting 

        Whether there was a sustainability issue in relation to the Climate Change Emergency due to taxi drivers needing to travel to Basingstoke.  Officers outlined that now most of the process elements are done online and plates are sent in the post, so there is a reduced need to travel to Basingstoke; but the efficiencies of the shared service would not work if the service was operated from both Hart and Basingstoke. 

        The Portfolio Holder asked if any Members had complaints about the service which had not been raised with Officers that they be raised with the Portfolio Holder and copied to the Chairman of the Licensing Committee 

 

DECISION

 

Agreed:

 

the following comments for Cabinet to take into account when considering the renewal of the Shared Licensing Service:

 

        The current service was very efficient and did not generate complaints

        Licencing Hearings were always well run

        The shared licensing service had led to increased resilience compared with a small team in Hart previously

        Cabinet should consider the appropriate timeframe for the renewed shared service to get most efficiency and price

        Cabinet should consider the cost of the service and be satisfied it is value for money

 

to invite the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider whether to retrospectively consider the Shared Licensing Service following the Cabinet decision in July 2021.