Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 10th August, 2010
Time:
13.00
Place:
Lecture Hall, Stockton Central Library, The Square, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett (Chairman), Cllr Cockerill (vice Cllr Woodhead), Cllr Jackie Earl, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Bill Noble.
Officers:
Dave Kitching, Mike Batty (DNS); Graham Birtle, Fiona McKie (LD).
In Attendance:
Representatives of the Taxi Trade.
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Cllr Mrs Allison Trainer, Cllr Jean Kirby and Cllr Bill Woodhead.
Item Description Decision
Public
HCS
17/10
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
HCS
18/10
DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THE 1ST JULY 2010 TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPROVAL.
CONCLUDED that the draft minutes of the meeting held on 1st July 2010 were agreed as a correct record.
HCS
19/10
DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THE 12TH JULY 2010.
CONCLUDED that the draft minutes of the meeting held on 12th July 2010 were agreed as a correct record.
HCS
20/10
REVIEW OF TAXI LICENSING
CONCLUDED that the information provided be noted.
HCS
21/10
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that a date be arranged for September, 2010.
HCS
22/10
CHAIR'S UPDATE
None

Preamble

ItemPreamble
HCS
20/10
The Head of Community Protection and the Trading Standards and Licensing Manager were in attendance to present Members with an overview of the service and it's performance.

Trading Standards and Licensing service had been made into one service in 1998 in order to decrease management and administrative support costs.

Members were informed that it was very difficult to compare one service against another. However, a request had been made to a number of authorities for information. The information had not been forthcoming so Officers had made a Freedom of Information request. Information from 4 authorities had been received to date but Officers were waiting until the deadline to give all authorities the opportunity to respond. Officers would submit the information to a future meeting.

Discussion was held on the timescales to issue a licence and how these were recorded. The trade felt that the process could be reduced and felt that other authorities had different procedures which made the process less bureacratic. Officers offered to meet to discuss these ideas in more detail but felt that it was important to have a set policy and procedure to ensure public safety. Members requested that a meeting be held between Officers and a few members of the Taxi Trade and report back to Members at the next meeting.

The Taxi Trade raised the issue of the V5 document and it was requested that the legalities of the authority sending the V5 document to the DVLA be sought.

Members were informed that North Tyneside had undertaken an internal review of their taxi licensing procedures and it was suggested that the report be considered for information purposes.
HCS
21/10
It was suggested that the meeting on 26th August be cancelled and a new date be arranged for September to ensure that all of the information that was outstanding was available for Members to consider.

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