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Election of Chair
To elect a Chair of this meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee.
RESOLVED that Councillor Judes Butt be elected Chair of the Sub-Committee for the duration of the meeting.
To receive any apologies for absence from Members.
Apologies were received from Cllr J Bagwell who was the first reserve.
The Chair thanked Cllr G Farquhar for attending as the second reserve, however confirmed that he was not needed to step in.
Declarations of Interests
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Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
Exclusion of Press and Public
In relation to the items of business appearing below, the Sub Committee is asked to consider the following resolution: -
‘That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs such interest in disclosing the information.’
RESOLVED that under Section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs such interest in disclosing the information.
Consideration of the suitability of an individual to become a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Driver
An application to become a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Driver has been received by the Licensing Office.
The Licensing Sub Committee is asked to determine whether the applicant is considered a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire driver’s licence.
This item was restricted by virtue of paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
Exempt information – Categories 1 (information relating to any individual) and 2 (information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual).
The Chair made introductions and explained the procedure to be followed in considering this item, which was agreed by all participating parties.
From BCP Council:
Trudi Barlow – Licensing Officer
Linda Cole – Legal Advisor to the Sub-Committee
Joseph Tyler – Clerk to the Sub-Committee
The Applicant did not attend.
The Licensing Manager presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'A' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.
Councillors were asked to decide whether the applicant was a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a Hackney Carriage and/or Private Hire Driver’s licence.
The Applicants did not address the Sub-Committee as they failed to attend the hearing.
The Sub-Committee asked questions of the Licensing Officer and was grateful for the responses received.
The Licensing Officer was invited to sum up before the Sub-Committee retired to make its decision. Before concluding the Hearing, the Legal Advisor advised all parties of the right of appeal.
The Sub-Committee took into consideration the written documents and information contained in Agenda Item 6; the BCP Council Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Conditions, Bylaws and Guidance, the BCP Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Policy, the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and the Institute of Licensing (IOL) Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades and the verbal representations made at the Hearing on 31 August 2022.