Agenda and minutes

Licensing Regulatory Committee - Tuesday, 7 June 2016 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Bindloss Room, Kendal Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Paul Rogers 

Items
No. Item

LR/1

Terms of Reference

To note the Terms of Reference of the Licensing Regulatory Committee as set out in Part 3 (pages 35 and 36) of the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Terms of Reference for the Licensing Regulatory Committee be noted.

LR/2

Minutes pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 19 January 2016 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 19 January 2016.

LR/3

Minutes of Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To receive the minutes of the meetings of Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees held on 15 February and 27 April 2016 (copies attached) and for the Chairmen of the appropriate Sub-Committees to sign, as correct records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of meetings of the Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committees held on 15 February and 27 April 2016 be received and the Chairmen of the relevant Sub-Committees be authorised to sign, as correct records.

LR/4

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were made.

LR/5

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the Agenda.

LR/6

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so before the commencement of the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Administrator on 01539 733333.

 

(1)      Questions and Representations

 

          To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)      Deputations and Petitions

 

          To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no questions, representations, deputations or petitions had been received.

LR/7

Proposed Variation of Hackney Carriage Fares pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To consider whether to vary the maximum fares that may be charged by hackney carriage proprietors during the period 2016 to 2017.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Food, Licensing and Safety Officer presented a report which requested the Committee to determine whether to vary the maximum fares that may be charged by hackney carriage proprietors during the period 2016 to 2017. She emphasised that this Council’s current tariff rates were higher than any of the other councils in Cumbria.

 

The Committee noted the canvassing exercise carried out with the taxi trade and the three proposals with regard to fare tariffs which had been put forward for consideration by the trade as set out in paragraph 3.2 of the report. Members also noted that, out of approximately 210 taxi trade proprietors approached for their views on the proposals, only 29 had indicated a preference and none of the proposals had received overwhelming support.

 

RESOLVED – That there be no modification to the maximum fares that may be charged by hackney carriage proprietors as set out in the report as proposal 1.

LR/8

Frequency of Review for Hackney Carriage Fares pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To consider a change to the frequency of the review of hackney carriage fares.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Food, Licensing and Safety Officer presented a report which requested the Committee to give authority to the Director People and Places to undertake a review of hackney carriage fares as and when requested by the trade rather than on an annual basis which had been the practice since 2007. She referred to the high cost of the annual review of fares estimated to be in the region of £10,000 per year. She emphasised that the time and resources needed to carry out a taxi fare review on an annual basis was not sustainable or an effective use of resources, particularly as the cost of the review was not currently retrieved via the licensing fees.

 

RESOLVED – That the Director People and Places be given delegated authority to undertake a review of the hackney carriage fares every four years or as and when requested by a representative of the trade.