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DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST
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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 12A 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)
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. She explained that the decisions 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
• The safeguarding of children and young people
• The safeguarding of vulnerable persons
• The public have confidence in using licensed vehicles.
The Licensing Officer presented a written report on the application received from Mr A for a hackney/private hire vehicle driver's licence. The Sub-committee was requested to consider the application according to the DBS record, the guidelines on criminal offences and relevant convictions. The Licensing Authority recommended that the Sub-committee should approve the application.
The applicant was invited to expand on his application and provide information about the background of the offence and his personal circumstances. Mr A noted that this was a single incident and was not a reflection of his character. His circumstances at the time were difficult, however, since then he had turned his life around and had attended college, had a job and was now trying to support his family.
RESOLVED that the applicant was a fit and proper person to be issued with a hackney/private hire vehicle driver's licence from Gwynedd Council.
In reaching its decision, the Sub-committee considered the following:
· The requirements of 'Gwynedd Council's Licensing Policy for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles'
· the applicant's application form
· the Licensing Department's report and the DBS statement
· the applicant's verbal representations
· The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's guidelines
Specific consideration was given to the following matters:
In January 2013, the applicant was found guilty by Conwy Youth Court of injuring/causing serious bodily harm contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The applicant received a £100 fine, costs of £15 and a Referral Order for 12 months.
Paragraph 2.2 of the Council's Policy was considered, which states that a person with a conviction for a serious offence need not be automatically barred from obtaining a licence, but will be expected to have been free of any conviction for an appropriate period as stated in the Policy, and to show evidence that he/she is a fit and proper person to hold a licence. The onus was on the applicant to prove that he was a fit and proper person. Paragraph 2.4 states that when an applicant has a conviction(s) or there are other related matter(s) to be considered in connection with that, the Council cannot review the merits of the conviction or other matter.
Paragraph 4.5 was considered which states that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 2002 allows the Sub-committee to take into account all convictions recorded against an applicant, whether spent or otherwise, under the 1974 Act. ... view the full minutes text for item 5.