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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors H. J. Jones and C. M. Mc Donald.
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The minutes of the Licensing Committee held on 18th March 2019 were submitted.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Licensing Committee held on 18th March 2019, be approved as a correct record.
The Committee considered a report which detailed a proposal to relocate the current appointed hackney carriage stand in Market Street service road.
The Senior Practitioner (Licensing), Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) informed the Committee that, as detailed in the report, officers had recently been made aware of some upcoming improvements being made by Worcestershire County Council (WCC) for new walking and cycle routes around Bromsgrove.
The County Council’s £3.4 million project aimed to reduce congestion in Bromsgrove by providing alternative travel choices to local residents to reduce short journeys made by car.
The improvements would form part of a wider transport and highways plan for the area and would see an additional six recognised walking and cycling paths being introduced over the next two years. The work would also include improvements to other recognised cycle ways across Bromsgrove.
One aspect of the proposed improvements would impact on the existing hackney carriage stand appointed by Bromsgrove District Council in the Market Street service road (the bus station). It was anticipated that the proposed works at this location would take place in summer 2019.
The Senior Practitioner (Licensing), WRS, highlighted that the highway improvements planned at this location would remove two of the five spaces, currently provided for hackney carriages to stand for hire, thus reducing the number of available spaces to three.
Officers had emphasised that this particular hackney carriage stand was already prone to overcrowding in the daytime and that any proposal to reduce the number of existing spaces available for hackney carriage vehicles to stand for hire, would exacerbate the situation.
Members were further informed that following further dialogue with officers from WCC, a proposed solution was put forward. The proposed solution would see the hackney carriage stand being relocated across the road from its current positon, thereby retaining all five spaces, as detailed at Appendix 1 to the report.
The Senior Practitioner (Licensing), WRS, explained to the Committee that officers considered that the revised proposal was the best available option for retaining five spaces for hackney carriages to stand for hire at this particular location. There were also some benefits to the proposed relocation, in that hackney carriages would no longer be standing spaced out between entrances to properties that should be kept clear. Also passengers would be able to enter vehicles from the near side without having to walk out into the road.
Members were advised that, in order to implement the proposed location, it would be necessary for the Council to undertake the required legal process to appoint a new hackney carriage stand and revoke the appointment of the existing hackney carriage stand at this location, as detailed in paragraphs 3.16 and 3.17 in the report.
In response to questions from Members, the Senior Practitioner (Licensing), WRS, confirmed that as well as consulting with the chief officer of the police, that licensed taxi drivers would also be consulted with. WCC had already consulted with the bus transport companies.
Members expressed their concerns with regard to potential over-ranking ... view the full minutes text for item 34/18