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Meeting of the Council held on 17/12/2001
Licensing Report to Council



Licensing 9
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

LICENSING COMMITTEE – 22ND OCTOBER AND 26TH NOVEMBER 2001

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON 17TH DECEMBER 2001

PART I – Reports containing recommendations for decision by the Council

A. PROPOSED REVISION OF HACKNEY CARRIAGE FARE SCALE
[Wards Affected: N/A]

A.1 Your Committee has given consideration to a proposal from hackney carriage proprietors for a revision of the approved scale of fares for hackney carriages, since the scales of charges was last revised in 1999. After comparing the proposed fare scale with those operative in neighbouring authorities, your Committee considers that the proposal is reasonable and, with minor amendments, is acceptable.

A.2 In submitting their request for a review of the current fare scale, the hackney carriage proprietors and drivers have drawn attention to the fact that two years have elapsed since the last increase and there are increased costs now involved in the running of vehicles, such as insurance and servicing.

A.3 The proprietors also maintained that a ‘soiling charge’ should be introduced and would be appropriate in some instances as a deterrent for those passengers who may be unfit for travelling for any reason. It is envisaged that the charge would not be made very often, but that the provision on the fare scale would allow for those occasions when a vehicle is rendered unfit for immediate subsequent journeys without first being cleaned. In such circumstances, the charge would only be applied to personal soiling (body fluids, vomit etc) and should exclude any possibility of the charge being applied to such things as dirty boots and clothes which must be accepted as a hazard of the business. Your Committee concurs with the proprietors that a soilage charge should be introduced, in common with some two thirds of other authorities.

A.4 Following the meeting of your Committee on 22nd October 2001, the proposal was advertised in the local press on 2nd November last, in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 (1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. The closing date was 17th November, but no representations were received.

A.5 The current fare scale, which took effect in December 1999, is set out below to help identify where the changes are proposed:-

A. Fare by Distance/Time
C. Extra Charges
A.6 Your Committee accordingly

RECOMMENDS that

1. approval be given to the revised hackney carriage fare scale as set out below:

A. Fare by Distance/Time

B. Waiting Time
C. Extra Charges
and that such fare scale take effect on 20th December 2001.

Background Papers (CEx)

Letter of proposal from Association of Farnham Taxi Drivers
Consultation with Hackney Carriage Proprietors and responses received.

PART II – Matters reported in detail for the information of the Council

Background Papers

The background papers relating to the following report items in Parts II and III are as specified in the agenda for the meetings of the Licensing Committee.

B. ALCOHOL SALES FROM GARAGE FORECOURT SHOPS
[Wards Affected: N/A]

B.1 Your Committee has been advised of several recent applications which have been made to the Magistrates’ Courts for licences to sell alcohol at petrol stations in the Borough. Your Committee has agreed that it would wish for officers to make a comment to the Licensing Justices when any future consultations are received which involve the sale of alcohol from garage forecourt shops.

B.2 In particular, your Committee wished that the following points be made in response to the consultations:-

o The association of the sale of alcohol in conjunction with the likelihood that a purchaser may be a vehicle driver;
o The potential for young persons to purchase and drink alcohol, gather and loiter in the locality and the consequent danger of them causing or being the victim of an accident if they are the worse for drink in the forecourt area or nearby;
o Such a new outlet in any area might add to the difficulty of ‘policing’ the outlet and any possible under-age drinking;
o The general principle of the sale of alcohol to motorists and the possible encouragement this could be to drinking and driving.

PART III – Brief summaries of other matters dealt with

Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

Report item H below contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded. The information is as specified in those paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, namely:-

Information relating to any particular applicant for, or receipt or former receipt of, any service provided by the authority (Paragraph 4).

C. APPLICATIONS FOR ANNUAL PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENCES
[Wards Affected: N/A]

C.1 Unopposed Applications

Your Committee, at its meetings on 22nd October and 26th November, has considered unopposed applications for the renewal/grant of entertainment licences, as follows:-
The Committee has granted the licences sought, subject to appropriate conditions to meet the requirements of Waverley’s Regulations and General Conditions and the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987. The licences will be operative until 31st October 2002.

C.2 Opposed Applications

Haslemere Hotel, Lower Street, Haslemere

Your Committee gave consideration to an application for the renewal of an annual Public Entertainment Licence for Music, Singing and Dancing at the Haslemere Hotel. There were no objections received to the renewal of this licence, but your Committee agreed that a new condition be added to the licence on the recommendation of the Police. The effect of this licence would be to ensure no entry or re-entry to the premises after 10.30 p.m.

The Maltings, Farnham

Your Committee has conducted a formal hearing of the applications for the renewal of public entertainment licences for Farnham Maltings, namely Music, Singing and Dancing; Sunday Music and Dancing; Cinematograph; Children’s Cinematograph and Stage Play.

The applicants and objectors were heard and questioned by each other and the Committee. A site visit was also conducted to allow members to satisfy themselves as to the layout and construction of the building and its relationship to the surrounding area.

The Committee has agreed to grant the licences for six months only, subject to the required sound limiting devices being installed by 1st March 2002 and to compliance with two additional conditions to ensure that all doors and windows on facades facing into the courtyard are kept closed at all times during licensed events, and so that disturbance to the local residents from the delivery, (un)packing and removal of equipment to and from the premises, is reduced.

D. DRAFT REVENUE ESTIMATES 2002/2003
[Wards Affected: All]

Your Committee has approved its draft 2002/2003 revenue estimates, agreed its revised revenue estimates for 2001/2002 and approved the level of fees and charges for 2002/2003.

E. APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM PRIVATE HIRE PLATE DISPLAY
[Wards Affected: N/A]

Your Committee has considered a report on this matter and has agreed that exemption from the requirement to display a private hire licence plate be granted to Mr A C Brodbin from Godalming in respect of the private hire vehicle licensed as Plate Number 224, a Mercedes E Class, registration number T968 ATR.


F. STREET COLLECTIONS - GUIDELINES
[Wards Affected: N/A]

F.1 Your Committee has considered guidelines for street collection applications, to be used by officers when considering applications under the powers delegated to them by the Council. Currently officers are able to determine applications for street and house-to-house collections when they are of a routine and regular nature. Matters would be brought to the Committee if a small and obscure charity not based in Waverley or serving this area seeks to send collectors into this area to collect for a charity from which there is clearly no benefit locally.

F.2 Your Committee agreed the set of guidelines attached to the agenda report and agreed to recommend to the Executive that they be adopted.

G. ACTION TAKEN SINCE LAST MEETING

Your Committee has noted the action taken by the Chief Executive since the meeting on 1st October, following consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

H. APPLICATION FOR HACKNEY CARRIAGE/PRIVATE HIRE DRIVER’S LICENCE
[Wards Affected: N/A]

Your Committee, at its meeting held on 26th November, has considered, with press and public excluded, an application for the grant of hackney carriage/private hire drivers’ licence. After giving full consideration to the application, including interviewing the applicant, your Committee granted the licence and requested that the applicant return before them in 12 months time.