Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Board
Tuesday, 11th June, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Emily Kennedy 

Items
No. Item

451.

Apologies for Absence

452.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 113 KB

453.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 59 KB

454.

Licensing Sub-Committee Minutes 26-3-2019 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

455.

Licensing Sub-Committee Minutes 25-4-2019 pdf icon PDF 46 KB

456.

Exclusion of Public and Press pdf icon PDF 63 KB

457.

APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF LICENCE TO DRIVE PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES

    Minutes:

    Alison Stocker, Licensing Officer presented the report.

     

    Members asked a question of the Licensing Officer.

     

    The Applicant addressed the Board.

     

    Members asked questions of the Applicant.

     

    Further to debate, Members agreed:

     

    Having considered the relevant policies of this district authority, the Human Rights Act 1998 so far as it applies and the factors in this case, the Licensing Board’s decision is that:

     

    1. A licence is to be granted for one year.

     

    The reasons given were that this gentleman has been a taxi driver for 14 years and has a previously exemplary record. The board noted that they had concerns until his divorce is finalised and had that in mind when they chose a period of one year for the licence. It is noted that this decision is a departure from the district authority’s policy on criminal convictions of this nature, however the board decided to so depart for the same reasons set out above.

     

    Mr Berry was informed of his right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days.

     

458.

APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF LICENCE TO DRIVE PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES

    Minutes:

    Councillor Potts left the meeting.

     

    Penny Button, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods introduced the report.

     

    The Applicant addressed the Board.

     

    Members asked questions of the Applicant.

     

    The Head of Safer Neighbourhoods asked a question of the Applicant.

     

    Further to debate, Members agreed:

     

    Having considered the relevant policies of this district authority, the Human Rights Act 1998 so far as it applies and the factors in this case, the Licensing Board’s decision is that:

     

    1. A licence is to be granted for one year.

     

    The reasons given were that whilst there are previous offences which can be considered they are historic with the last offence having been committed some 24 years ago. The other offences were largely football related.

     

    The Applicant was informed of his right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days.

     

459.

LICENSING OF A PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE

    Minutes:

    Alison Stocker, Licensing Officer introduced the report.

     

    Members asked a question of the Licensing Officer.

     

    The Applicant addressed the Board.

     

    The Licensing Officer asked a question of the Applicant.

     

    Members asked questions of the Applicant.

     

    Further to debate, Members agreed:

     

    Having considered the relevant policies of this district authority, the Human Rights Act 1998 so far as it applies and the factors in this case, the Licensing Board’s decision is that:

     

    1. The board refuses to renew the licence in this case.

     

    The reasons given were that the vehicle does not meet the criteria set by this district authority to determine vehicle suitability in the policy document known as Guidelines on the Assessment of Vehicles to be Licensed as Hackney Carriages or Private Hire Vehicles. The Board asked that it be noted that in their view this application falls at the first hurdle.

     

    The Applicant was informed of his right to appeal to the Magistrates’ Court within 21 days.