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30.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor A R Marin and B E Read.

 

An apology for lateness was submitted on behalf of Councillor E J Lampkin.

31.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest Members may wish to make including the term(s) of the Grant of Dispensations(s) by the Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

32.

Confirmation of Minutes held on 17 February 2011 pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Minutes:

                        RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes from the meeting held on 17 February 2011 be confirmed.

33.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

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34.

HACKNEY CARRIAGE & PRIVATE HIRE LICENSING POLICY REVIEW pdf icon PDF 18 KB

To propose amendments to the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy adopted by the Council in 2010.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Licensing Officer for Vehicles introduced the report which proposed amendments to the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy which was adopted by the Council in 2010.   She explained at the time of its adoption there were objections from the trade so it was resolved that the Policy would be reviewed in twelve months.

 

The suggested amendments to the policy were set out within the report, which mostly related to amendments to wording to aid clarification and changes in guidance from the Department for Transport.   She confirmed that the review of the policy had included consultation with the Dartford Taxi Association (DTA) and the Dartford Drivers Association (DAA).

 

The review also provided an opportunity to change the requirements for enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks for new applicants.  Members were advised that although challenged by licensing authorities across the UK, including the Kent and Medway Licensing Steering Group, the CRB Agency have changed its guidance on the eligibility to undertake enhanced disclosures.

 

The Committee were advised that, although reluctant, the policy had to be changed so that only a standard disclosure would be required, unless the role of the applicant involves regular contact with children or vulnerable adults.

 

Members were concerned with this change and were advised that it would be now illegal for the authority to seek an enhanced disclosure for all applicants and could receive a large fine if it did so.

 

The Board felt that wherever possible, the authority should be allowed to take the necessary steps to ensure peoples safety and urged that the guidance from the Criminal Records Bureau be changed.  It was moved and duly seconded that the Chairman writes to Gareth Johnson, Member of Parliament for Dartford, and seek his support in lobbying the relevant Minister for this situation to be changed.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)       That the amendments to the Hackney Carriage & Private Hire Licensing Policy listed in the table at Appendix A to the report, be adopted.

 

(2)       That the Chairman writes to Gareth Johnson MP, to draw his attention to this change of guidance on CRB checks and seek his support that it be changed.

 

(3)       That delegated authority be granted to the Strategic Director to amend the Policy such that the CRB Disclosure requirements contained therein reflect any future change to the guidance issued by the CRB Agency.

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35.

SEX ESTABLISHMENTS AND SEXUAL ENTERTAINMENT VENUES pdf icon PDF 36 KB

For Members to adopt the Dartford Statement of Sexual Entertainment Venues Policy under Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 and to set the fees relating to Sexual Entertainment Venues

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Enforcement & Regulatory Services Manager introduced the report which sought Members approval to adopt the Dartford Statement of Sexual Entertainment Venues Policy under Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009.

 

Members raised specific questions regarding how the Licencing would operate but it was explained that the document was a policy statement and all specific queries/concerns would be addressed if and when an application was lodged.

 

The Committee congratulated officers on their proactive approach in having a policy adopted.  It was noted that there were no sex establishments or sexual entertainment venues in the Borough, and that there had been no indication that any were expected.

 

                        RESOLVED:

 

(1)       That the Dartford Statement of Sexual Entertainment Venues Policy be adopted.

 

(2)       That the fees set out in section 7 of the report be agreed.