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Declarations of Interest
To authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2013 as a correct record.
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2013 were agreed as a correct record.
The Licensing Act 2003 Committee recommended to Cabinet that the Gambling Act 2005 statement of Policy be approved and is ratified and adopted by the Leader and Council.
The Head of Service Environmental Health and Licensing, presented the report which sought approval for the revised Gambling Act Licensing policy statement of Licensing Policy. This was in line with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005. Members were informed that this would be go to full Council in January 2016.
The committee was informed of the various changes that had been made to the document and following consideration of these, the committee:
a) AGREED the changes to the draft Gambling policy.
b) RECOMMENDED to Cabinet that the Gambling Act 2005 statement of Policy as attached as Appendix A to the report, be approved and ratified and adopted by the Leader and Council.
The committee was updated on a number of issues relating to Private Hire drivers:
· A knowledge test for Private Hire drivers was being consulted on and it was likely that this would come back to the committee for consideration in February 2016. Members were informed that this test would cover a wide range of areas, including arithmetic and the Highway Code. The test would be computer based and taken under classroom conditions.
· The committee was informed that a review of taxi conditions would take place during the summer of 2016.
· The review of the Council’s taxi licence application form did not need committee approval.