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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

Contact: Angela Bielby  Democracy Officer

Items
No. Item

Election of Vice Chair for the meeting

Due to Cllr Wells, Vice Chair giving apologies for the meeting, there was a requirement to elect a Vice Chair for the meeting. Cllr Melly nominated Cllr Myers as Vice Chair for the meeting. This was seconded by Cllr Norman. Following a unanimous vote in favour it was:

 

Resolved: That Cllr Myers be elected as Vice Chair for the meeting.

 

Reason:     In order that there be a Vice Chair for the meeting.

47.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare:

 

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

 

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

 

Minutes:

Members were invited to declare any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, any prejudicial interests or any disclosable pecuniary interests that they might have in respect of business on the agenda.  None were declared.

 

48.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings held on 18 March 2020 and 25 September 2020.

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Minutes:

 

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on  25 September  2020 be amended to reflect the timescales agreed by Members in resolution (ii) of minute 44 [Taxi Licensing Public Consultation - Vehicle Licences].

49.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting, in order to facilitate the management of public participation at remote meetings. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Friday 13 November 2020.

 

To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.  

 

Webcasting of Remote Public Meetings

 

Please note that, subject to available resources, this remote public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The remote public meeting can be viewed live and on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been one registrations to speak on Agenda Item 6 ‘Review of a Private Hire Operators Licence

Mohammed Iqbal t/a York Cars (52/2016) at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

Will Swords spoke on behalf of a number of members of York’s taxi trade. He asked that Members approve Option 1, to revoke the licence in accordance with section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. In response to questions from Members he explained that he was speaking on behalf of a number of different members of the taxi trade who had found common ground in their view on the matter.

 

50.

Renewal of Sex Establishment Licence for Black Orchid, 3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT pdf icon PDF 254 KB

This report seeks Members determination of an application to renew a Sex Establishment Licence for a sexual entertainment venue which has been made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Schedule 3 Control of Sex Establishments in respect of Black Orchid, 3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report seeking determination of an application to renew a Sex Establishment Licence for a Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) which had been made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Schedule 3 Control of Sex Establishments in respect of Black Orchid, 3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT York.

 

The Licensing Manager advised that the application was for the renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence in line with Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which allows local authorities to regulate lap dancing clubs and similar venues. She outlined the report and annexes, noting the grounds for refusal of which there were no mandatory grounds for refusal. She outlined the options available to Members in determining the application. She was asked and clarified that the premises had on sales provision only. She explained that the premises had operating for a number of years under a Sex Establishment Licence and the operating hours were approved by the Committee a number of years ago as part of the renewal of that licence.

The Licensing Manager explained that the Premises Licence and Sex Establishment Licence were separate licences but worked together. She added that that the Sex Establishment Licence could work outside the hours of the Premises Licence if other authorisation were in place such as temporary event notices. She was asked and clarified that advertising material for the premises had been approved by the Committee. There were no questions from the Committee for the applicant.

 

By virtue of paragraphs 10, 12 and 13 of schedule 3 of the Local

Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended), the Committee had the following options available to them in making their decision:

 

Option 1     Grant a renewal of the licence as requested.

 

Option 2     Renew the licence with modified/additional conditions imposed by the licensing committee.

 

Option 3     Refuse the application for renewal on one of the mandatory grounds or on one or more of the discretionary grounds within paragraph 12 to Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended).

 

Cllr Melly then moved and Cllr Barker seconded approval of the renewal (option 1). In accordance with the revised Standing Orders, a named vote was taken with the following result:

Cllrs Barker, Barnes, D’Agorne, Galvin, Hook, Hunter, Melly, Myers, Norman, Orrell, Pearson, Wann, Warters and Mason voted for the motion. The motion was therefore carried and it was

 

Resolved:  That, in accordance with Option 1, Members grant a renewal of the licence as requested.

 

Reason:     To consider renewal of the sex establishment licence as required by the legislation.

 

51.

Renewal of Sex Establishment Licence for The Adult Shop, 70B Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ pdf icon PDF 247 KB

This report seeks Members determination of an application to renew a Sex This report seeks Members determination of an application to renew a Sex Establishment Licence for a sex shop which has been made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Schedule 3 Control of Sex Establishments in respect of The Adult Shop, 70B Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ. Establishment Licence for a sex shop which has been made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Schedule 3 Control of Sex Establishments in respect of The Adult Shop, 70B Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report seeking determination of an application to renew a Sex Establishment Licence for a Sex Shop which had been made under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, Schedule 3 Control of Sex Establishments in respect of the Adult Shop, 70B Gillygate, York.

 

The Licensing Manager advised that the application was for the renewal of a Sex Establishment Licence in line with Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by Section 27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which allows local authorities to regulate lap dancing clubs and similar venues. She outlined the report and annexes, noting the grounds for refusal of which there were no mandatory grounds for refusal. She outlined the options available to Members in determining the application. She was asked and clarified that officers had not had the chance to visit the premises this year due to  the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

By virtue of paragraphs 10, 12 and 13 of schedule 3 of the Local

Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended), the Committee had the following options available to them in making their decision:

 

Option 1     Grant a renewal of the licence as requested.

 

Option 2     Renew the licence with modified/additional conditions imposed by the licensing committee.

 

Option 3     Refuse the application for renewal on one of the mandatory grounds or on one or more of the discretionary grounds within paragraph 12 to Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (as amended).

 

Cllr Barker then moved and Cllr Melly seconded approval of the renewal (option 1). In accordance with the revised Standing Orders, a named vote was taken with the following result:

Cllrs Barker, Barnes, D’Agorne, Galvin, Hook, Hunter, Melly, Myers, Norman, Orrell, Pearson, Wann, Warters and Mason voted for the motion. The motion was therefore carried and it was

 

Resolved:  That, in accordance with Option 1, Members grant a renewal of the licence as requested.

 

Reason:     To consider renewal of the sex establishment licence as required by the legislation.

52.

Review of a Private Hire Operators Licence – Mohammed Iqbal t/a York Cars (52/2016) pdf icon PDF 279 KB

The purpose of this report is to enable the Committee Members to review the private hire operator’s licence held by Mr Mohammed Iqbal who trades as York Cars.

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Minutes:

Members considered a report seeking determination of a review of a Private Hire Operators Licence in respect of Mr Mohammed Iqbal t/a York Cars (52/2016). Under section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, an operator’s licence may be suspended or revoked on any of the following grounds:-

(a) any offence under, or non-compliance with, the provisions of this Part of this Act;

(b) any conduct on the part of the operator which appears to the district council to render him unfit to hold an operator’s licence;

(c) … or

(d) any other reasonable cause.

 

In coming to their decision, Members took into consideration all the evidence and submissions that were presented, and determined their relevance to the issues raised including:

 

1.           The papers before it, including Mohammed Iqbal’s statement and Proposed Undertakings to City of York Council (both dated 12 November 2020).

 

2.           The Head of Public Protection’s report and the oral representations by Mr Leo Charlambides (Counsel on behalf of Mr Boxall) at the meeting. This included witness statements from City of York Council Officers: Matthew Boxall, Vicky Vint, Nigel Woodhead, Angela Ruane and Alfie Thompson

 

3.           The oral representations by Mr Gerald Gouriet QC, Counsel on behalf of Mr Iqbal.

 

In respect of the review of the private hire operator’s licence, having regard to the above evidence, the Committee considered the steps which were available to them to take under Section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976:

 

Option 1 – Revoke the licence in accordance with section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.  This option was approved.

 

Option 2 – Suspend the licence in accordance with section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. This option was rejected.

 

Option 3 – Take no further action. This option was rejected.

 

Reasons for the decision

After carefully reviewing the information presented to them and oral representations by all the parties, the Committee debated the matter.

 

Cllr Warters then moved option 1 and Cllr Melly seconded this. In accordance with the revised Standing Orders, a named vote was taken with the following result:

Cllrs Barker, Barnes, D’Agorne, Galvin, Hook, Hunter, Melly, Myers, Norman, Orrell, Pearson, Wann, Warters and Mason voted for the motion. The motion was therefore carried and it was

 

Resolved: That Option 1 be approved,  to revoke Mr Mohammed Iqbal’s private hire operator’s licence in accordance with section 62(1) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, for the following reasons:

 

Reason: The following conduct referred to in the officer’s report and supporting statements rendering Mr Iqbal unfit to hold an operator’s licence:

 

a) Enabling drivers (licensed by another authority) that the council did not consider ‘fit and proper’ under the City of York Council’s Taxi Licensing Policy to work as private hire drivers in York.

b) Blaming the council for his stance over Uber for the position, when this was not the case.

 

c) Operating ‘690 Taxis’ and ‘Street Cars’ in York without an operator’s licence.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.

53.

Workplan pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To consider the Committee’s workplan for the remainder of the municipal year.

Minutes:

Members considered the work plan for the remainder of the municipal year.

 

Resolved: That unmet demand and test purchased be added as agenda items for the next meeting.

 

Reason:     To ensure that the committee has a planned schedule of work for the year.

 

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