An officer explained to the new members of the committee that it relates to licences outside the Licensing Act. The police also had a say over licence policy or conditions. This committee had to decide applicable licences that fell outside the delegated authority to officer. The Licensing Panel met monthly and mainly dealt with tax drivers who had incurred convictions.
The Chair said its next meeting was on Friday morning. Cllr Niblock said it had worked well having it on the second Friday of the month. The Chair agreed and said he was happy.
An officer said they had got out of sync because of a gap caused by the elections, the next would be Friday 10th June.
Cllr Pat Glasman said it had been a pleasure to work on the committee in the last year.
An officer introduced an item of any other business and referred to the survey regarding the independent consultation regarding the supply of taxis. She was not sure when people had been contacted and they next met in September. Did they want a special meeting? The Chair agreed providing it had been looked at and was ready.
The officer said that may not happen as they had sent out the questionnaires but were towards the end of the process. The questionnaires being with the drivers was the last stage. It was scheduled to complete in June and they would then need four weeks advance notice to do a report.
Cllr Lewis asked to be contacted regarding the timetable.
Cllr Glasman asked what time the meeting was on Friday and was told it was at 9.45am. She was also told there would be a couple of vehicles to look at. The meeting then ended.
Cllr Bill Davies (Labour) – Chair
Cllr Bob Wilkins (Lib Dem)
Cllr Sue Taylor (Conservative)
Cllr Ian Lewis (Conservative)
Cllr Chris Blakeley (Conservative)
Cllr Pat Glasman (Labour)
Cllr Steve Niblock (Labour)
Cllr Irene Williams (Labour)
Cllr Chris Jones (Labour)
The Chair asked for any declarations of interest. There were none. The Chair thanked Cllr Sue Taylor for her hard work and that of the members of the licensing committees. The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed.
There were two different proposals for Vice-Chair. Cllr Ian Lewis and Cllr Chris Blakeley proposed Cllr Sue Taylor. Cllr Irene Williams and Cllr Pat Glasman proposed Cllr Steve Niblock.
A vote was held on Cllr Steve Niblock’s nomination. Five (Labour) councillors voted for, four Lib Dem and Conservative voted against.
No vote was taken on the proposal of Cllr Sue Taylor as Vice-Chair. Cllr Steve Niblock was elected as Vice-Chair.
The Chair asked for names for the licensing panel. The Conservative Group put forward Cllr Sue Taylor, Cllr Ian Lewis and Cllr Kate Wood. The Chair put forward Cllr Niblock and Cllr Glasman. The Lib Dem councillor Bob Wilkins didn’t state any names but said that he had a list but it was subject to confirmation.
Bill Norman said the agendas had been published and papers would be provided tomorrow. The Mayor said there was no other business and thanked people for their attendance.
The draft minutes and agenda for this meeting can be found by following the link
Cllr Foulkes said that as the new leader that the Conservatives could put proposals which they would “be here all night over”. The Chair was not likely to use their casting vote. If Jeff Green entrusted the leadership and executive this was churlish. Anything referred from the Employment and Appointments Committee would go back to the Executive and it would make initial difficulties.
In relation to the Audit and Risk Management committee there were high levels of training and it acted independently. However things were “not set in tablets of stone”. Cllr Harney said he would like to say a few words. He wanted to discuss these serious issues and what the real intentions were. Was it to be constructive and work together or be a kamikaze? He was not seeking to unbalance things by a positive abstention. They still had the power to change the committee structure and the leadership. His Group [of Lib Dem councillors] would abstain but be open if there were problems. If there were the leader would be asked to take it or leave it, however it was a new ballgame.
Cllr Green proposed the motion, seconded by Cllr Rennie. 26 Conservative councillors voted for, 30 Labour councillors against and 9 Lib Dem councillor abstained so the motion was lost.
The original Labour motion (proposed by Cllr Foulkes, seconded by Cllr Davies) was put to the vote. Thirty Labour councillors voted for, 26 Conservative councillors against and 9 Lib Dem councillors abstained.
Cllr Foulkes said he would provide the other names of Cabinet members later.
Cllr Green asked how can they plan committees when the papers have not yet gone out? How could new members give proper consideration and not risk maladministration?