Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Monday, 6th November, 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Julie Zientek  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors S Davies,  B Dooley, I Faseyi and G Wait.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with Procedure Rules Nos.11 and 35 a total period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the Committee on any matter relevant to the work of the Committee.  Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers.  Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.

 

Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.

 

Minutes:

There were no members of the public present.

 

4.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2017.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

5.

Minutes of Licensing Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To receive the minutes of the following meetings:

 

Licensing Act Sub-Committee

 

10 April 2017

19 April 2017

24 April 2017

8 May 2017

10 May 2017

15 May 2017

23 June 2017

3 July 2017

2 August 2017

 

General Licensing Sub-Committee

 

24 February 2017

10 March 2017

30 March 2017

13 April 2017

30 June 2017

18 July 2017

24 August 2017

19 September 2017

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the following meetings be received:

 

(a)  Licensing Act Sub-Committee meetings held on:

 

10 April 2017

19 April 2017

24 April 2017

8 May 2017

10 May 2017

15 May 2017

23 June 2017

3 July 2017

2 August 2017

 

(b)  General Licensing Sub-Committee meetings held on:

 

24 February 2017

10 March 2017

30 March 2017

13 April 2017

30 June 2017

18 July 2017

24 August 2017

19 September 2017

 

6.

Review of Licensing Fees and Charges pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider a report seeking approval to increase the licensing fees and charges for the issuing and renewal of licenses, consents and permits issued by the Licensing Team with effect from January 2018

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report seeking approval to increase the licensing fees and charges for the issuing and renewal of licenses, consents and permits issued by the Licensing Team with effect from January 2018.

 

A number of fees were set by statute or regulations, while others could be set by Local Authorities in order to cover the cost of administration, compliance and some elements of enforcement.  Where the Council had the discretion to set fees, they were subject to review.  Fees had remained at current levels for several years due to efficiency savings that had alleviated most budgetary pressures.  However, efficiency savings had now been maximised and an increase in certain fees was required as a result of annual increases in staffing costs.

 

RESOLVED

 

(a)       That the fees payable as set out in appendix A to the report be confirmed.

 

(b)       That the Licensing Team Leader be authorised to publish the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing fees in accordance with the relevant legislative provisions.

 

That authority be delegated to the Director of Planning and Sustainable Development to consider any objections received and determine the final fees payable, in consultation with the Chairman of the Licensing Committee.

7.

Details of Licensed Vehicles Suspended pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To consider a report on the licensed vehicles suspended by Licensing Officers for the period 1st January 2017 to 30th September 2017

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report regarding licensed vehicles that had been suspended by Licensing Officers during the period 1 January 2017 to 30 September 2017.

 

The Council’s Scheme of Delegation made provision for officers to suspend vehicles in certain circumstances, including where vehicles were in breach of a Council condition, a breach of legislation or byelaws, accident damage, and where the vehicle was not fit for use.  Details of vehicles suspended by officers were periodically reported to the Licensing Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the licensed vehicles suspended by Licensing Officers for the period 1 January 2017 to 30 September 2017, as set out in appendix 1 to the report, be noted.