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Licensing Committee Meeting(VIRTUAL) - Tuesday 13 April 2021 at 10.00am
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Corporate and Community Services Department
Council Headquarters,
Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road,Giffnock, East Renfrewshire G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
Website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:9 April 2021
When calling please ask for: Jennifer Graham or John Burke, 0141 577 3016
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Councillors A. Convery (Chair); B. Cunningham (Vice Chair); C. Gilbert; S. Miller; and P. O’Kane.

LICENSING COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Licensing Committee will be held on

Tuesday 13 April at 10.00am.

A pre-meeting for Elected Members will take place at 9.30am.

The agenda of business is listed below.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE(DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES)

This is a virtual meeting.

1. Report apologies for absence.

2. Declarations of Interest.

Resolution to Exclude Press and Public

It is recommended that the Committee passes the following resolution:-

"That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for items 3-7 of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 6 and 14 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Act as appropriate".

Paragraph 6 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (other than the authority) – all Items.

Paragraph 14 – Any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime – all items.


3.Private Hire Driver’s Licence – Application for Renewal – Report by Chief Officer(Legal & Procurement) (copy attached, pages 3 - 6).

4.Taxi Driver’s Licence – Application for Renewal – Report by Chief Officer (Legal& Procurement) (copy attached, pages 7 - 14).

5.Private Hire Driver’s Licence – Application for Renewal – Report by Chief Officer (Legal & Procurement) (copy attached, pages 15 - 20).

6.Private Hire Driver’s Licence – Application for Grant – Report by Chief Officer(Legal & Procurement) (copy attached, pages 21 - 26).

7.Private Hire Driver’s Licence – Application for Renewal – Report by Chief Officer(Legal & Procurement) (copy attached, pages 27 - 30).

8.Proposal for Amendment to Current Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Policy and Other Policies – Report by Chief Officer (Legal and Procurement) (copy attached,pages 31 - 36).


You can read full details on Council website here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/licensing-committee-130421

Re: Licensing Committee Meeting(VIRTUAL) - Tuesday 13 April 2021 at 10.00am 1 month, 3 weeks ago #2

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Published Barrhead News On Line -

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DAER campaign to make taxis accessible for disabled

By Norman Silvester Reporter

East Renfrewshire Council has been accused of discrimination after telling cabbies they don’t need to provide wheelchair access for disabled passengers.

The controversial decision has been slammed by disability rights campaigners, who are threatening legal action to have it overturned.

Last week, the council’s licensing committee agreed that new private hire licence applicants are no longer required to make their vehicles wheelchair accessible.

However, Disability Action ER (DAER) says it wasn’t consulted and claims the move is a breach of the council’s legal duty to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment before making major policy changes.

DAER chairman Michael McEwan, who is from Barrhead and has cerebral palsy, said: “The existing taxi policy developed from a six-year campaign in partnership with the licensing committee and the taxi trade and has increased the number of vehicles with wheelchair access from four to 40.

“This form of transport should be a right, not a luxury. The licensing board in its acceptance of a policy change without any impact assessment has left disabled people out in the cold.

“This decision will affect every person who needs to use a wheelchair in their daily lives, including the elderly.”

Michael, 37, said DAER will be writing to the local authority to demand it overturns the decision at the next full council meeting on April 28 – or face a possible legal challenge.

Retired civil servant Chris Baird, 53, from Barrhead, who is a wheelchair user, added: “I think it’s disgraceful that this decision was made without an equality impact assessment.

“Clearly, East Renfrewshire Council does not take its duties seriously. It would also appear that no-one on the licensing committee is aware of what their legal responsibilities are.

“Even though there are 40 taxis with wheelchair access, they are not always available or working.

“This move by the council is clearly a regressive step.”

Last week’s vote by councillors is a U-turn on a decision taken in 2017 to make wheelchair access compulsory on all new licence applications.

At that time, East Renfrewshire had only four taxis able to take wheelchair users – one of the lowest in Scotland.

A council spokesperson said: “We are committed to increasing the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles available for hire.

“This latest update to the policy will allow new private hire cars to become registered which are not wheelchair accessible but all new taxi registrations must still meet wheelchair accessibility criteria.

“The policy will be reviewed in 12 months’ time, when a full equality impact assessment will be carried out. Disability Action ER was given the opportunity to comment on this proposed change and was involved in the lengthy discussion at last week’s meeting when the policy was agreed.”

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Subject: Licensing Committee virtual meeting held Tuesday 13 April at 10.00am.

Hi

Licensing Committee virtual meeting held Tuesday 13 April at 10.00am.

Would appreciate if you can give some background information regarding this meeting.

A resolution was to be put to the committee -

'Resolution to Exclude Press and Public

It is recommended that the Committee passes the following resolution:-

"That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, as amended, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for items 3-7 of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 6 and 14 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Act as appropriate".

Paragraph 6 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (other than the authority) – all Items.

Paragraph 14 – Any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime – all items.'


Would appreciate if you would give the following information -

Was the meeting recorded?

If not, why not?

Was the resolution passed?

Who from the Press and Public were in attendance at the meeting before the resolution was passed?

Is the recording of the meeting up to the resolution being presented and passed available?

If not, why not?

Did the above resolution cover agenda Item 8.

If so, why?

Were the Press and Public allowed back into meeting for Agenda Item 8?

If not, why not?

Is a recording available from Agenda Item 8 onward to end of meeting?

If not, why not?

Your help is appreciated

Thanks

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Subject: RE: Licensing Committee virtual meeting held Tuesday 13 April at 10.00am.

Thank you for your e-mail of 26 April 2021 regarding the above meeting.

I can advise you that this particular meeting was not recorded.

Very few public items are considered by the Licensing Committee, and so, officers are not in the habit of recording the committee.

Failure to record the public part of the meeting was simply an oversight and, for any future meetings of the committee where public items are being discussed, arrangements will be made to ensure the relevant segments of the meeting where public items are being discussed are recorded and the recording published on the Council’s YouTube channel.

Further, I can advise you that no members of the press or public were present at the meeting before passing of the Resolution to Exclude Press and Public or during the consideration of Item 8 and, therefore, there was no need for any such persons to leave or be readmitted to the meeting at those occasions.

Kind regards,
John Burke
Committee Services Officer
Department of Corporate and Community Services

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Dear Mr Taylor,



Thank you for your e-mail of 30 April 2021 regarding the Licensing Committee of 13 April 2021.

Very few public items are considered by the Licensing Committee, and so, officers are not in the habit of recording the committee. Failure to record the public part of the meeting was simply an oversight and, for any future meetings of the Committee where public items are being discussed, arrangements will be made to ensure the relevant segments of the meeting where public items are being discussed are recorded and the recording published on the Council’s YouTube channel.



In relation to your enquiry regarding the pre-meetings, they are held to confirm that members are comfortable with the procedures to be followed at the meeting and to confirm the details of those parties who will be attending. The pre-meetings are not minuted.



Kind regards,



John Burke

Committee Services Officer

Department of Corporate and Community Services
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