Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Conference Room, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks

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Items
No. Item

15.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To agree the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 1 November 2018, as a correct record.

 

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the Minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 1 November 2018, be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

16.

Declarations of interest

Any interests not already registered

Minutes:

No additional declarations of interest were made.

17.

Actions from the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Minutes:

The Chairman confirmed that this action, to monitor the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy condition aimed at increasing the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles within the fleet was ongoing, with the aim to report back to the Licensing Committee in November 2019.

18.

Amendments to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Policy following Consultation pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report which set out amendments to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire policy, following a six-week consultation.

 

Members queried the Officer comments in appendix B, indicating that CCTV could be placed where drivers want. Members suggested that there were stricter guidelines on where cameras can be placed in vehicles. The Head of Licensing Partnership confirmed that whilst this was the case, the wording mentioned was just a consultation response and would not be in the final policy.

 

Members indicated that they were impressed with the District’s taxi drivers and despite a lot of rules and regulations that needed to be adhered to, they did it very well.

 

The Head of Licensing Partnership agreed and noted their increasing professionalism.

 

Resolved: That it be recommended to Council that the draft amended Hackney Carriage and Private Hire policy be approved.

19.

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing: Licensing Fees from April 2019 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Minutes:

Members considered the report which proposed the 2.5% rise of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licence fees from April 2019.

 

In response to questions, the Senior Licensing Officer confirmed that the 2.5% rise was inflationary. Officers also confirmed that current fees were based on previous assessments of the time and costs it took for Officers to process various applications. A reassessment of these processes had recently commenced.

 

Members thanked the Licensing team for their hard work and congratulated them on their successful consultations with the trade recently.

 

Public Sector Equality Duty

 

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved: That
 

a)    the fee levels set out below, be approved for consultation with the taxi trade; and

 

 

Application for a new HC driver licence

Renewal of a HC driver’s licence

Application for a new PH driver licence

Renewal of a PH driver’s licence

Computerised Knowledge test

£47.00

Not applicable

£47.00

Not applicable

Application

£194.00

£106

£158

£106

DBS enhanced

search

£44.00

£44.00

£44.00

£44.00

Medical (From 1st April drivers will go to their own GP for this).

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Driving Standards Assessment test (Price dependant on provider driver chooses)

£70 to £127

Not applicable

£70 to £127

Not applicable

Total

£355 to £412

£150

£319 to £376

£150

 

 

Existing Fees

New Fees from April 2019

Hackney Carriage Driver Licence

Computerised Knowledge test

£46

£47

On initial application

£189 (excluding knowledge test fee) for three years

£194 (excluding knowledge test fee) for three years

Disclosure Barring Service search fee

£44 every three years or £13 per year if they sign up to the DBS online service

£44 every three years or £13 per year if they sign up to the DBS online service

Total (including DBS fee and Knowledge test fee)

£279 for three years

£285 for three years

On renewal

£103 for three years

£106 for three years

Disclosure Barring Service search fee

£44 every three years or £13 per year if they sign up to the DBS online service

£44 every three years or £13 per year if they sign up to the DBS online service

Total (including DBS fee)

£147 for three years

£150 for three years

Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

£333 for one year

£341 for one year

Private Hire Operator Licence

On initial application – 5 year licence

£492 for five years

£504 for five years

On renewal – 5 year licence

£477 for five years

£489 for five years

On initial application – 3 year licence

£338 for three years

£346 for three years

On renewal – 3 year licence

£323 for three years

£331 for three years

On initial application – 1 year licence

£185 for one year

£190 for one year

On renewal – 1 year licence

£174 for one year

£178 for one year

Private Hire Driver Licence

Computerised knowledge test

£46

£47

On initial application

£154 (excluding knowledge test fee) for three years

£158 (excluding knowledge test fee) for three years  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Gambling Act 2005: Licence Fees from April 2019 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report which set out the new proposed fee structure ensured that the licensing of Gambling premises that ensured a full cost recovery and represented fairness and value for money.

 

Public Sector Equality Duty

 

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved: That the appropriate fee levels as set below be approved.

 

Premises Type

New Application

Annual Fee

 

£

£

Existing Casinos

n/a

n/a

 

Proposed

cap

existing

Proposed

cap

existing

New Small Casino

8000

(8,000)

8000

4560

(5000)

4449

New Large Casino

9456

(10,000)

9225

7360

(10000)

7180

Bingo Club

2332

(3500)

2275

820

(1000)

800  

Betting Premises (excluding Tracks)

2932

(3000)

2860

593

(600)

579

Tracks

1829

(2500)

1784

820

(1000)

800 

Family Entertainment Centres

1829

(2000)

1784

672

(750)

656

Adult Gaming Centre

1829

(2000)

1784

820

(1000)

800

Temporary Use Notice

237

(500)

231

N/A

 

Application  to Vary

Application   to Transfer

Application for  Re-Instatement

Application for Provisional Statement

Licence Application (provisional Statement holders)

Copy Licence

Notification  of  Change

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

BOLD = proposed fee

(figure) = statutory CAP

Italics =existing fee

Blue / shading = cap reached

Existing Casinos

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a)

n/a)

New Small Casino

 

4000 

(4000)

3916

1728  (1800)

1686

1728  (1800)

1686

8000

(8000)

8000

2952

(3000)

2880

12

(25)

12

30 

(50)

29

New Large Casino

4492

(5000)

4382

2150

(2150)

2142

2150

(2150)

2142

9461

(10000)

9230

4334

(5000)

4228

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

Bingo Club

1750

(1750)

1712

1200 (1200)

1200

425

(1200)

415

2332

(3500)

2275

1200

(1200)

1200

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

Betting Premises (excluding tracks)

1500 (1500)

1500

1200 (1200)

1200

405

(1200)

395

1829

(3000)

1784

1200

(1200)

1200

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

Tracks

1250 (1250)

1250

950

 (950)

950

405

(1200)

395

1780

(2500)

1737

950

 (950)

950

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

Family Entertainment Centres

1000

(1000)

1000

950

 (950)

950

410

 (950)

400

1821

(2000)

1777

950

 (950)

950

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

Adult Gaming Centre

1000

(1000)

1000

1200

(1200)

1200

410

 (950)

400

1821

(2000)

1777

1200

(1200)

1200

12

(25)

12

30

(50)

29

Temporary Use Notice

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

12

(25)

12

30  

(50)

29

 

 

21.

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982: Licence Fees from April 2019 pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Minutes:

Members considered the report which proposed the fee levels which ensured that the licensing of Sexual Establishments maintained a ‘self-financing’ position for the service, in accordance with the Council’s statutory duty and the Council’s Service and Budget plan.

 

The Chairman advised that the 2.5% increase in fees was inflationary.

 

Members queried whether there were any Sexual Establishments across the Licensing Partnership. The Head of Licensing Partnership advised Members that there were, which included establishments in the London Borough of Bexley and Maidstone.

 

Public Sector Equality Duty

 

Members noted that consideration had been given to impacts under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Resolved: That the appropriate fee levels of £3,762 for a new application or a renewal application, and £1,886 for a transfer of an application be approved.

 

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