MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 29 March 2018
Councillor Mrs Joy (Chairman), and
Councillors Mrs Grigg, McLoughlin, Naghi, Mrs Robertson, J Sams and Mrs Wilson
15. Apologies for Absence
It was noted that apologies had been received from
Councillors Cuming, Garten, Harvey, Mrs Hinder, Newton and Mrs Springett.
16. Notification of Substitute Members
It was noted that Councillor Mrs Wilson was substituting for Councillor Harvey.
17. Urgent Items
There were no urgent items.
18. Notification of Visiting Members
There were no Visiting Members.
19. Disclosures by Members and Officers
There were no disclosures by Members and Officers.
20. Disclosures of Lobbying
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
21. Exempt Items
RESOLVED:† That all items on the agenda be
taken in public as proposed.
22. Minutes of the Meeting Held on 4 December 2017
RESOLVED:† That the minutes of the meeting
held on 4 December 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed.
23. Presentation of Petitions
There were no petitions.
24. Questions and answer session for members of the public
There were no questions from members of the public.
25. Emission standards for Maidstone Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles
The Committee considered the report of Mr John Littlemore, the Head of Housing and Community Services.† The report informed Members of an intention to provide an achievable action plan for taxi and private hire vehicle emissions in Maidstone for the next 6 years and beyond, and was linked to the Councilís Low Emissions Strategy.
Mr Littlemore explained that a consultation document would be produced and the Hackney and Private Hire Trade would also be consulted and a report, together with responses, would be brought back to the Committee in July or September for consideration to be given to a policy to be recommended to Communities, Housing and Environment Committee for adoption.
In response to questions from the Committee, Officers advised that:-
A proposal would be included on how to deal with the practice of
taxis still running their engines whilst in the taxi bays.
The provision of electric charging points was sporadic at present
and rural areas would be an issue.† However, it was a national issue and it was
hoped that this would be something that central government would be addressing
That a shared taxis service options would be explored further.
That it was proposed that the consultation includes that all
private hire and taxi vehicles were required to meet the Euro 4 Petrol (Jan
2006) and Euro 6 Diesel (Sept 2015) or higher standard by 1st
That the Department for Transport (DFT) guidance stated that it
would be better to define a vehicle on its emission specification, rather than
its age.† The age of a vehicle was more relevant to taxis.†
Currently, provided that a vehicle had a compliance test twice a
year, a hackney carriage vehicle can be licensed until they are 15 years old.
That more clarity would be provided within the consultation
document on what Officers believe may be exceptional circumstances that may
give rise to discretion being operated to waive the policy.†
That the options for the flexible services as detailed on Pages 5
and 6 of the report would be included in the consultation document.
It was noted that once this Committee had agreed the policy, it would need to be recommended to the Communities, Housing and Environment Committee for adoption.†
1) That delegated
authority be given to the Head of Housing and Community Services to draft a
consultation document for the Hackney and Private Hire Trade in accordance with
paragraph 3.2 of the report and to report back to the Committee in the new
municipal year with the results of the consultation, together with
recommendations for the next steps.
2) That the flexible
services as detailed in Pages 5 and 6 of the report be included in the
consultation document, together with reference to the age of vehicle and a
definition of exceptional circumstances where the policy may be waived.
26. Gambling Act 2005: Licence Fees 2018/2019
The the report of Mr John Littlemore, the Head of Housing
and Community Services was considered by the Committee which set out the
proposed fees for the administration of the Gambling Act 2005.
In response to a question by a Member, Mr Littlemore advised that if the proposed fees did not meet the Councilís costs despite reaching the prescribed maximum, the General Fund would have to be used.
It was noted that representations had been made by Local Authorities to central government sometime ago following a consultation, in relation to shortfalls in Licensing Act 2003 fees which are prescribed, but nothing had come of it.† In view of this it was proposed that this issue should be raised for the next agenda of the Kent Leaders meeting to ascertain whether other Councils were experiencing shortfalls, with a view to collectively lobbying central government via the Local Government Association should this be an issue.
1) That the Gambling Act
2005 fee levels as set out in Appendix A to the report be approved and
implemented with effect from 1st April 2018.
2) That this issue also
be raised for inclusion on the Kent Leadersí agenda to ascertain what
experiences other authorities have with a view to collectively lobbying central
government via the Local Government Association† in regard to the prescribed
fees for licensing matters if they do not meet costs.†
27. Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Licence Fees and Charges 2018-19
The Committee considered the report of Mr John Littlemore, the Head of Housing and Community Services which related to the fees and charges for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing: Licence Fees and Charges Fees 2018/19.
RESOLVED:† That the fees and charges as agreed
at Licensing Committee on 23 November 2017 be continued as the fees for
28. MBC Animal Establishment Fees 2018 - 19
The Committee considered the report of Mr John Littlemore, the Head of Housing and Community Services which related to the fee levels for Animal Establishments as set out in paragraph 2.6 of the report.
In response to a question from a Member, Mr Littlemore
advised that the inspections were governed by DEFRA and the more animals there
were, the more inspections it would necessitate and therefore the fees would
RESOLVED:† That the fee levels for Animal
Establishments as set out in paragraph 2.6 of the report be approved and
implemented with effect from 1st April 2018.
29. MBC SEV Fees 2018 - 19
The Committee considered the report of Mr John Littlemore, the Head of Housing and Community Services which related to the Licence Fees for Sexual Entertainment Venues 2018/19.
In response to a question from a Member, Mr Littlemore advised that there was no more work involved in transferring an application than creating a new application, so the fee should reflect this.
RESOLVED:† That the fee levels for Sexual Entertainment Venues as set out in paragraph 2.4 of the report be approved and implemented with effect from 1st April 2018.
30. Duration of Meeting
6.30 p.m. to 7.20 p.m.