Venue: Siambr Hywel Dda, Council Offices, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 1SH
Contact: Lowri Haf Evans 01286 679878
To receive any apologies for absence.
None to note
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
To receive any declaration of personal interest.
No declarations of personal interest were received from any members present.
To note any items that are a matter of urgency in the view of the Chairman for consideration.
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EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
The Chairman shall propose that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the discussion on the following items due to the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 12, Part 4, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972. This paragraph should apply because the individuals in question are entitled to privacy and there is no overriding public interest that requires the disclosure of personal information relating to those individuals, nor their identity. Consequently, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
RESOLVED - to exclude the press and public from the meeting during the discussion on the following items due to the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 12 and 13, Part 4, Schedule 12 A, of the Local Government Act 1972. These paragraphs applied as the individuals in question were entitled to privacy and there was no overriding public interest that required the disclosure of personal information relating to those individuals, or their identities. Consequently, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.
APPLICATION FOR A HACKNEY/PRIVATE HIRE LICENCE
To consider an application by Mr A
(separate copy for sub-committee members only)
a) The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting. He explained that the decision would be made in accordance with Gwynedd Council's licensing policy. It was noted that the purpose of the policy was to set guidelines for the criteria when considering the applicant's application with the aim of protecting the public by ensuring that:
• The person is a fit and proper person
• The person does not pose a threat to the public
• The public are safeguarded from dishonest persons
• Children and young people are protected
• Vulnerable persons are protected
• The public have confidence in using licensed vehicles.
The Licensing Officer presented a written report on an application received from Mr A for a hackney/private hire driver's licence. The Sub-committee was requested to consider the application in accordance with the DBS record, and the guidelines on relevant criminal offences and convictions.
The applicant was invited to expand on his application and provide information about the background to the offences and his personal circumstances. He explained that all the incidents were part of his past and that he was now seeking a job that would give him more flexibility to support his wife and children. His prospective employer supported his application.
The applicant and his prospective employer withdrew from the room while the Sub-committee members discussed the application.
b) RESOLVED - that the applicant was a fit and proper person to be issued with a hackney vehicle/private hire driver's licence from Gwynedd Council.
c) In reaching its decision, the Sub-committee considered the following:
· The requirements of the 'Gwynedd Council's Licensing Policy for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles'
· the applicant's application form
· verbal observations presented by the applicant and his prospective employer during the hearing
· a reference he had received from the Local Member
· the Licensing Department's report along with the DBS statement
ch) The applicant received two convictions in January 1990 from Caernarfon Magistrates' Court for offences of criminal damage contrary to the Criminal Damage Act 1971. He was ordered to pay a fine of £50, damages of £423 and costs of £15. In his application form the applicant noted that he had been disqualified from driving in 1992 due to a drink drive conviction. He confirmed that the disqualification had ended in 1993.
d) Paragraph 2.2 of the Council's Policy was considered, this states that a person with a conviction for a serious offence need not be permanently barred from obtaining a licence, but should be expected to be free from conviction for an appropriate period as stated in the Policy, and to show evidence that he was a fit and proper person to hold a licence. The applicant has a responsibility to show that he is a fit and proper person.
Paragraph 4.5 of the Council policy was considered, which stated that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002 allowed the Sub-committee to take into account ... view the full minutes text for item 5.