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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 the violence-related incidents were part of his past and that he now ran a taxi company. He added that the convictions had not been discussed during his previous application for a licence and that waiting for a hearing and decision had meant that he had lost work. He noted that no complaints had been received about his service.
The applicant withdrew from the room while members of the Sub-committee 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 during the hearing
· the Licensing Department's report along with the DBS statement
ch) The applicant received a conviction at Caernarfon Magistrates' Court in June 2004 for an offence of common assault contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988. He was ordered to pay a fine of £50 and damages of £100. He received a conviction at Denbighshire Magistrates' Court in March 2006 for an offence of battery, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. He also received a conviction for using threatening, aggressive/insulting language likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress contrary to the Public Order Act 1986. He received a 12 month community order and a supervision order following the incident together with an order to pay damages of £75 and costs of £350. In June 2018, he received six penalty points on his driving licence for breaching the vehicle control requirements, mobile phone etc.
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 ... view the full minutes text for item 5.