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Items
No. Item

6.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Burrell, Cutler, and Read.

 

In the absence of the Vice Chairman, Councillor Burrell, the Committee agreed that Councillor Calvin McLean could assist the Chairman with the conduct of the meeting.

7.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received from Members.

8.

Confirmation of Minutes held on 14 July 2014 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 14 July 2014 were confirmed as a correct record of that meeting.

9.

Urgent Items

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

Minutes:

It was noted that there were no urgent items for the Committee to consider.

10.

Draft Sex Entertainment Venue Policy pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee was informed that the current Statement of Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy expires on 30 September 2016 and received a report which set out a revised draft Policy for consultation with interested parties and revised Terms of Reference for the Licensing Sub-committee, to enable it to deal with applications for Venue Licences.

 

Having considered the report Members raised the following issues relating to the conditions for any Licence

 

a)    Sex Cinemas Conditions 26 and 27 are replicas of each other and one should be deleted

 

b)    Sexual Entertainment Venues Condition 35 relating to employees should apply to all premises licensed under this Act

 

c)    The addition of a condition limiting the number of Venues in a particular area

 

With regard to the final point above it was reported that while there were currently no Venues licensed within the Borough, should a number of applications be received then such a Condition could be easily added to the Policy.

 

RESOLVED

Subject to the amendments in points (a) and (b) above

 

 i.            That the revised draft Statement of Sexual Entertainment Venue Policy Statement, as set out at Appendix A to the report, be approved for the purposes of consultation;

 

ii.            That consultation be undertaken in accordance with national guidance;

 

iii.            That, if comments and representations are received, a further report be submitted in order to consider any necessary changes to the draft Policy, prior to its adoption by the Committee; and,

 

iv.            That the amended Terms of Reference for the Licensing sub Committee, set out at Appendix B to the report, be approved, to enable it to deal with any applications under the relevant Act.

11.

Safeguarding and Prevent Training for Hackney and Private Hire Drivers pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the introduction of Safeguarding and Counter Terrorism (Prevent) learning modules for all drivers undertaking the test to be licensed hackney and private hire drivers.

 

The report explained that all new applicants for hackney carriage and private hire driver licences operation would be obliged to undertake these new training modules as part of the qualification process and that existing licensed drivers would be encouraged to undertake the modules.

 

Members expressed concern at the wording of the information sheet to be provided to taxi drivers and private hire drivers and operators relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable people from extremism and radicalisation, and asked that bullet point one could be amended by the substitution of the word Consider for the word Check.

 

Arising from the discussion of this matter Members expressed concern at the problems and dangers arising from the use of the UBER taxi reservation system which was becoming more popular especially with younger people.

 

Officers advised the Committee that currently there were no drivers licensed by the Council who are part of this scheme.  However such drivers were able to operate within the Borough if they were carrying or travelling to collect pre booked fares and are licensed elsewhere.  They were prohibited however for touting for trade.

 

It was known however that some drivers were operating illegally under the UBER umbrella in the Borough and it was reported that Officers had undertaken a number of night time enforcement actions and would continue to do so.

 

RESOLVED

 

That subject to the amendment set out above:

 

      i.        the introduction of Safeguarding and Counter Terrorism (Prevent)  training for new hackney carriage and private hire driver applicants undertaking the knowledge test (the knowledge test being a pre-requisite to the grant of a licence), be endorsed.

 

    ii.        the Dartford Borough Council ‘Better Driver, Better Operator, Better Cab, Better Car’ Accreditation Scheme, at Appendix A to the report, be endorsed.

 

   iii.        drivers and operators who are currently licensed, be offered the opportunity to undertake the training modules as part of the Dartford Borough Council ‘Better Driver, Better Operator, Better Cab, Better Car’ Accreditation Scheme.

 

   iv.        the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy be updated to refer to the Council’s duty on Safeguarding and Prevent as detailed in para. 3.9 of the report.

 

    v.        the Committee note the Safeguarding and Prevent informative produced for licence holders and new applicants at Appendix B to the report .