Agenda and minutes

Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 9.30 am

Venue: Main Committee Room, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton

Contact: Democratic Services Officer  01609 767015

Items
No. Item

LC.10

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2018 (LC.7 - LC.9), and to confirm the minutes of the Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel held on 22 November 2018 (LAHP.19 – LAHP.20), (LAHP. 21 - LAHP.22), (LAHP.23 – LAHP.24), 9 January 2019 (LAHP.25) and 22 January 2019 (LAHP.26), previously circulated.

Minutes:

THE DECISION:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 27 November 2018 (LC.7 - LC.9), and to confirm the minutes of the Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel held on 22 November 2018 (LAHP.19 – LAHP.20), (LAHP. 21 - LAHP.22), (LAHP.23 – LAHP.24), 9 January 2019 (LAHP.25) and 22 January 2019 (LAHP.26), previously circulated, be signed as correct records.

LC.11

Amendments to Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Report of the Director of Law and Governance (Monitoring Officer)

Minutes:

The subject of the decision:

 

This report sought approval to delegate certain functions reserved to the Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel to senior officers.

 

Alternative options considered:

 

The Licensing Committee considered the Director’s report and, having concluded that giving delegated authority to senior officers to revoke a licence which was a statutory obligation or where immediate action was required to safeguard the public was appropriate, there was no other suitable option.

 

The reason for the decision:

 

The Licensing Committee considered whether to give delegated authority to senior officers to revoke a licence which was a statutory obligation or where immediate action was required to safeguard the public.

 

The Committee noted that officers had no discretion to revoke a hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licence if a matter of significant concern arose in respect of their fitness and propriety.  The Committee noted that under current procedures a driver could continue to drive until a meeting of the Licensing and Appeals Hearings Panel could be convened.  The Committee concluded that time delays in arranging a meeting could pose a risk to the public and that it was appropriate that senior officers be given delegated authority to revoke a driver’s licence where a significant concern regarding a driver’s conduct had arisen.

 

THE DECISION:

 

That delegated authority be given to the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and the Director of Law and Governance to revoke a licence where such action is a statutory obligation or where immediate action is considered necessary to safeguard the public.