Agenda and minutes

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Minutes (Agenda Item 1) pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2014.


The following amendments were requested:


Page 2           First sentence in final paragraph amended to read “… the
                        vehicle which would not be used for general private hire.”

Page 3           Final paragraph before the Resolution – amend name to Mr

Page 4           Final paragraph, final sentence amend to read “… She might have been inclined …”.

Page 5           Second paragraph delete seven words after … recent convictions.


Subject to those amendments the Minutes were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


With regard to the proposed amendments to Policy which would be determined by the General Purposes Committee, Councillor North pointed out that it would also be necessary to amend the wording in the Policy regarding the display of a Road Vehicle Licence as it was no longer a legal requirement.


The Licensing Officer confirmed that the wording would be amended and that records would be checked on-line to ensure that a vehicle was taxed.



Apologies (Agenda Item 2)

To receive apologies for absence. 


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Armes, Askew and Duffield.



Urgent Business (Agenda Item 3)

To note whether the Chairman proposes to accept any item as urgent business, pursuant to Section 100(B)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.





Declaration of Interests (Agenda Item 4)

Members are reminded that under the Code of Conduct they are not to participate and must leave the room, for the whole of an agenda item to which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest. 


In the interests of transparency, Members may also wish to declare any other interests they have in relation to an agenda item, that support the Nolan principles detailed within the Code of Conduct.


No declarations were made.



Non-Members Wishing to Address the Meeting (Agenda Item 5)

To note the names of any non-members who wish to address the meeting.


Councillor Bambridge was in attendance to observe proceedings only, he did not wish to speak.



Hearing Procedures (Agenda Item 6) pdf icon PDF 60 KB


The Chairman introduced Members and Officers to Mr Garner and explained the procedures.



Application for a Breckland Private Hire Vehicle Licence - Executive Vehicle (Agenda Item 7) pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Report of the Assistant Director, Community.

Additional documents:


The Committee heard the application in accordance with the Council’s agreed procedures.


The Hearing took place in the presence of the Appellant Mr Garner, a Licensing Officer and Mrs Y Blake, the Council’s Solicitor.


The Licensing Officer presented the report.  The vehicle did not comply with three Policy requirements and Members were asked to consider whether an exception to Policy should be made in this case.


Mr Garner (Appellant) explained that he had bought the car to compliment his existing bed and breakfast business.  He had not known about the ten year rule.  The car had been to two different garages and had passed its MOT and complied with other Policy requirements.  Although it was over ten years old it was in pristine condition and had a clean bill of health.  He did not consider that being a left-hand drive vehicle would cause problems.  It was perfectly safe and extra care would be taken when overtaking which was only likely to happen on a dual carriageway.  His intention was to trial the car for twelve months to see what sort of demand there would be for it.  He would be the only driver initially and it would be used mainly for weddings and special events and for guests at the bed and breakfast.


In response to a question he advised that six flats and apartments for two to four people each and a couple of rooms in the main house comprised the bed and breakfast accommodation.  The car could carry up to seven passengers – three forward-facing in the back, three rear-facing in the back and one forward-facing alongside the driver.  The car had no side facing seats.


Councillor Richmond asked if it was standard for rear-facing seats not to have seat belts.  Mr Garner had thought that rear facing seats did not require seat belts and that in the event of an accident passengers would not ‘be going anywhere’ due to the size and construction of the seats.  The Officer read from the VOSA guidance on stretch limousines which said that depending on the size and age of the vehicle there was no legal requirement for seat belts for side facing seats, but seat belts should be fitted for front and rear facing seats.


Councillor North asked about the doors to the rear seats and was advised that there was sofa style seating facing each other with the access doors between them.


Further questions were asked about the MOT results; where the vehicle would be kept; what breakdown cover it had; when the stretch had been performed and when the vehicle had first been licensed in the UK.


Members then went outside to view the vehicle.


When they returned Mr Garner reiterated that the car was in very good condition and that many taxis would have done twice as many miles, so its travelling age was much younger than its actual age.  He wanted to trial the use of the car for up to twelve months to see  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Next Meeting (Agenda Item 8)

To note the arrangements for the next meeting to be held on 18 February 2015 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham.


The arrangements for the next meeting on 18 February 2015 at 10.00am in the Norfolk Room, Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham were noted.