Angus CouncilTel: 03452 777 778

ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the CIVIC LICENSING COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 8 April 1997 at 6.00 pm.

Present: Councillors WILLIAM CROWE, Mrs RENATE LAMONT, ALEX KING, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, WILLIAM MIDDLETON, BRIAN MILNE, ALEX SHAND, SANDY WEST and THOMAS I N YOUNG.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors WILLIAM DOIG, FRANK ELLIS, WALLIE LEASK and STEWART MOWATT.

Councillor CROWE, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The minutes of meetings of this Committee held on 20 February and 13 March 1997 were approved as correct records and signed by the Convener.

2. LICENSING REPORT

There was submitted Report No 384/97 by the Director of Law and Administration on licensing:-

(i) Licences Granted/Renewed Under Delegated Authority

The Committee agreed to note licences granted/renewed under delegated authority and issued by the Director of Law and Administration as detailed in the Report.

(ii) Defaulters

Consideration was given to information received from the Police in relation to the undernoted holders of licences and the Committee agreed as follows:-

(i) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Colin Crosby, 48 Glenclova Terrace, Forfar but to warn Mr Crosby as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(ii) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Christopher Morrison, 41 Kirkbank, Auchmithie, by Arbroath but to warn Mr Morrison as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(iii) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr David Ramsay, 28 Hospitalfield Road, Arbroath but to warn Mr Ramsay as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(iv) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Stephen Rowan, 73 India Street, Montrose but to warn Mr Rowan as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(v) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Andrew Stewart, 4B Lochlands Street, Arbroath but to warn Mr Stewart as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(vi) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr John Vannet, 1 Roberts Street, Forfar but to warn Mr Vannet as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(vii) to suspend for the unexpired portion of the duration of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Peter Anderson, 16A Southesk Street, Montrose (ie until 30 June 1998);

(viii) to take no action in respect of the taxi driver's licence held by Mr Peter Campbell, 9 Glenogil Street, Montrose but to warn Mr Campbell as to the likely consequences of any future adverse reports;

(iii) Private Hire Car Driver's Licence - New Application

The Committee considered relevant information in respect of an application received from Mr Michael J McGettigan, 4 Condor Crescent, Montrose for a private hire car driver's licence and, after hearing Mr McGettigan and the Police, agreed to refuse the application.

(iv) Taxi Licence

The Committee considered relevant information in respect of the applicant and agreed to grant a taxi licence to Mr Ian M Johnston, 69 Abbotsford Road, Arbroath.

(v) Amusement Machine Permit

The Committee considered relevant information in respect of an application for permission to install one amusement with prizes machine within the Staff Restaurant at Tesco Stores, Western Road, Montrose.

After hearing Alice Fosson, Personnel Manager, Tesco Stores Limited the Committee agreed to grant a permit for one amusement with prizes machine subject to the condition that the premises covered by the permit be restricted to the Staff Restaurant.

(vi) Appeal Against Refusal to Grant Amusement Machine Permit

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 5 December 1996, it was reported that an appeal against the Committee's decision to refuse an amusement machine permit to Alexis Leisure Limited, t/a "Jungle Kids" had been dismissed. The Sheriff had agreed with the Council's submission that the lounge area lay wholly within the premises, that the premises were an area where young persons were wont to resort and that the Council was therefore correct in refusing the application. The Council had also been awarded expenses.

The Committee noted the position.

3. TAXI FARES REVIEW

With reference to Article 1(vii) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 30 January 1997, there was submitted Report No 389/97 by the Director of Law and Administration setting out responses to an advertisement regarding the proposed review of taxi fares.

After considering the terms of the Report and the responses received, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that the question of a review of taxi fares be referred back to the Angus Taxi Owners' Association with a request that it endeavour to obtain an agreement on a future fares policy at a properly constituted meeting of the Association;

(ii) that a response be submitted in time for consideration during the next cycle of meetings;

(iii) that the response should be accompanied by a copy of the minute of the meeting setting out the names of those attending and the details of the agreement; and

(iv) that the Director of Law and Administration should write to each operator setting out the position.

4. WOODVILLE CARAVAN SITE, BY ARBROATH

There was submitted Report No 385/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection indicating that an application had been received from agents acting on behalf of Mrs Elizabeth Anne Horne, 10 Idrigill, Uig, Isle of Skye for the transfer of the licence for the Woodville Caravan Site, Arbroath currently held by Mrs Maria Stewart, Woodville Caravan Site, Arbroath.

The Committee approved the transfer of the licence for the Woodville Caravan Site, Arbroath to Mrs Elizabeth Anne Horne.