Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Friday, 30th August, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Newton Room, The Guildhall Arts Centre, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ

Contact: Lucy Bonshor 

Items
No. Item

6.

Apologies

7.

Minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

8.

Disclosure of interests

Exclusion of the press and public

Members agreed that the press and public should be excluded during the following item of business because of the likelihood that information that was exempt under paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) would be disclosed to them.

9.

Application for a Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers Licence

    Report CSL723 from the Senior Licensing Officer.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     

    Decision:

     

    To not grant the applicant a hackney carriage or private hire driver’s licence on the grounds that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence under section 51(1) (a) and section 59 (1) (a) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

     

    The Licensing Officer presented exempt report number ENV723 which related to an application for a hackney carriage driver’s licence, summarising its key elements and setting out the content of each of the appendices. He stated that at the time the applicant made the application, he had disclosed two offences. Further offences were identified through the disclosure and barring service check. Both disclosed and non-disclosed offences were set out in the case officer’s report, including the date on which the offence was committed and the action that had been taken against the applicant. Reference was made to best practice guidance, which was currently under review, that suggested that no application should be granted to an applicant with such convictions until 7 years had elapsed since the sentence or driving ban had expired. There were no questions from either the applicant or committee members.

     

    The applicant referred to the most recent of the offences and explained the events that had led to those convictions. He apologised for how he had behaved and stated that he had learned from his actions. Members of the Committee asked questions about the offences. There were no questions from the Licensing Officer.

     

    The Licensing Officer, in summing up, recommended that the Committee consider the report with any further information that had been provided by the applicant to decide whether to issue a licence or refuse to issue a licence on the grounds that the applicant was not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.

     

    10:47 – the applicant and officers left the meeting

     

    The Committee considered the application having regard to the contents of the report and the information provided by the Licensing Officer and the applicant during the meeting, together with the relevant guidance and policies.

     

    Members were concerned about the nature of the offences for which the applicant had been convicted and his failure to disclose all of his convictions. Members felt that repeat offences of a similar nature indicated that the applicant had not learned from his previous behaviour.

     

    It was proposed, seconded and agreed by members that the applicant should not be granted a hackney carriage driver’s licence because they did not consider him to be a fit and proper person.

     

    11:01 – the applicant and officers returned to the meeting

     

    The Legal Adviser read the Committee’s decision, setting out that the Committee had made its decision having taken account of relevant law, policy and guidance, together with the contents of the report and representations made. Members were mindful of the periods of disqualification from driving the nature of other convictions revealed through the Disclosure and Barring Service check and the applicant’s failure to disclose those convictions. Based on the guidance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Application to renew a Hackney Carriage Driver Licence

11.

Any other business which the Chairman, by reason of special circumstances, decides is urgent.

    Minutes:

     

    Members of the Committee were reminded about the review of the draft Gambling Statement of Principles that was underway. The deadline for Members to submit any comments about the draft document needed to be with the Head of Environmental by Tuesday 3 September 2019.

     

12.

Close of meeting