Agenda and minutes

Venue: Norfolk Room, The Conference Suite, Elizabeth House, Dereham

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Minutes (Agenda item 1) pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

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Apologies (Agenda item 2)

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Mike Brindle.

3/20

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.

Minutes:

None.

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Declaration of Interests (Agenda item 4)

The duties to register, disclose and not to participate for the entire consideration of the matter, in respect of any matter in which a Member has a disclosable pecuniary interest are set out in Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011.  Members are also required to withdraw from the meeting room as stated in the Standing Orders of this Council.

 

Minutes:

None declared.

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

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

Minutes:

None present.

6/20

Update on Taxi Licensing Policy (Agenda item 6)

Verbal update by Donna Hall, Licensing & Business Support Manager.

Minutes:

Donna Hall, the Licensing & Business Support Manager updated Members on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy that had been discussed at the previous meeting held on 13 November 2019.  At that meeting, it had been agreed that the draft Policy required further consideration before being sent out for consultation.

 

Members were informed that the draft was still in progress and had not, as yet, been completed and therefore would be brought back to the next meeting in March. 

 

The draft Policy, if approved, would then be published for consultation for 12 weeks, enabling plenty of time for the trade, general public and other interested parties to fully consider the proposals and respond if needed.

 

Following the consultation, Officers would then review all feedback received and return to a future Committee meeting with an amended draft Policy as appropriate, for Members to consider and approve.

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The role of Taxi Licensing (Agenda item 7) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

·        Presentation on The Road to Zero (Department of Transport Strategy); and

·        The role of taxi licensing (verbal with slides) – Richard Boole, Environmental Protection Manager.

 

Minutes:

Richard Boole, the Environmental Protection Manager provided Members with a detailed presentation on climate change, air quality and health; local authorities’ duties around air quality, the wider local authorities’ roles/opportunities, the challenges ahead and future trends (see presentation attached).

 

The presentation also provided Members with an overview of the HM’s Government’s Industrial Strategy called ‘The Road to Zero’ – a long term strategy outlining how the Government proposed to reduce emissions from vehicles on the UK’s roads and drive the uptake of zero emission road transport.

 

It was noted that a similar presentation had been provided at the Overview & Scrutiny Commission meeting in September 2019.

 

The Environmental Protection Manager explained that ‘The Road to Zero’ outlined a number of ambitious measures and highlighted the following information:

 

·        to end the sale of traditional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

·        between 50 and 70% of new car sales and 40% of new van sales to be ultra-low emission (ULEV) by 2040

·        almost every car and van to be ULEV by 2050

·        HGV’s – 15% reduction in emissions by 2025

 

Breckland’s responsibilities were also highlighted including more electric charging points, taxi vehicle policies, vehicle fleets/contracts, infrastructure and funding streams.  He explained that Breckland Council had been involved with a project with Highways England to assist and provide sites within the Breckland area to support the strategic network along the A11 and A47 and funding had been accessed to determine the best sites for rapid charging points a number of which had already been installed.

 

The Environmental Protection Manager also discussed greenhouse gases, man-made emissions and the particles found in air pollution of which a significant proportion was transport related.

 

Councillor Morton raised a concern about the increase in CO2 emissions in respect of Light Good Vehicles (LGVs).  Members were informed that this was mainly due to the change in shopping habits and the increasing trend of next day deliveries.

 

Attention was drawn to the taxis and Clean Air Zones and the duty on Local Authorities to provide weekly data to the Air Quality Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle database, and in response to a question, the Environmental Protection Manager explained how the data was gathered and submitted. It was noted that bigger cities such as London was looking to charge £100 for non-compliant vehicles entering these areas.  It was further noted that Norwich and Peterborough may do the same in three to four years.

 

Swaffham already had an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  Various diffusion tubes and one continuous monitor had been measuring NO2 levels in and around the town since 2017.

 

Councillor Kiddell stated that clean air zones in London were causing traffic build up in non-compliant areas.  Councillor Morton asked if there was any help available for taxi drivers to purchase these cleaner vehicles.  Members were informed that grant schemes were available but funding was limited.

 

In response to a question about whether there was any security built into the Rapid Charging Points, Members were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7/20

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Next Meeting (Agenda item 8)

To note the arrangements for the next meeting on 11 March 2020 at 10am in the Norfolk Room.

Minutes:

The arrangements for the next meeting on Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 10am in the Norfolk Room were noted.