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The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and drew attention to the safety information.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Estella Tincknell.
Declaration of Interest
Councillor Sultan Khan confirmed that he had previously declared that the applicant had contacted him but, in accordance with the Member code of conduct, was confident that he did not have a conflict of interest and could make an impartial judgement.
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RESOLVED that under Section 11A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the ground that involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, as amended.
Application for the Renewal of a Private Hire Driver Licence AMC
The applicant, his legal representative and a witness were in attendance. Also in attendance were the Civic Enforcement Officer (CEO), Parking Services Manager and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had attended the incident.
Cllr Eddy reported that the applicant’s representative had requested that witnesses be excluded for part of the hearing, but that this had not been agreed as it was not the normal procedure of the Committee to exclude witnesses and there was no reason to do so in this case.
The Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer outlined the case as follows:
· This was an application for the renewal of a PHD Licence;
· The applicant had been issued with a temporary two month PHD Licence from 11 December 2018 - 10 February 2019 while waiting the results of a DBS check;
· During this period, on 9th January 2019, the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team received a telephone call from the Parking Services Manager to report an incident involving the applicant and a CEO in which it was alleged that the applicant acted in an aggressive way to a lone female;
· The CEO had issued the applicant with a parking ticket as his car was parked 50% on double yellow lines;
· The CEO alleged that she was intimidated by 2 men after issuing the ticket and on returning to her vehicle, the applicant stood in front of her car and refused to move;
· The CEO then activated the “Orbis” button on her radio as thought the situation could become volatile and she also dialled 999;
· The applicant also dialled 999 at the same time claiming that the CEO had driven into him;
· A PCSO attended the incident and interviewed the CEO and applicant (this was recorded on the body camera evidence);
· As a result of the incident, the applicant attended an interview with the neighbourhood enforcement team. During the interview he admitted parking on double yellow lines outside his house while using the bathroom and claimed to have been working for UBER on the day in question. He claimed that the CEO had stuck two fingers up at him and that he didn’t raise his voice as he was naturally loud speaking.
· On contacting UBER, it was confirmed that the applicant had not been working for them on the day in question;
· The tracking device on the CEO’s vehicle confirmed that the vehicle had not moved between 10.17am – 10.58am which suggested that she had not driven into him as alleged.
· The application had been adjourned from a meeting on 19th February pending the availability of Body Camera evidence and the recording of the 999 calls made to police by the CEO and applicant and this evidence was now available.
At this appoint in the proceedings, the Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer played the Body Camera Footage and recording of the 999 calls made by both the applicant and the CEO.
The Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer gave further details of the applicant’s history:
· The applicant had held a PHD licence since at ... view the full minutes text for item 7.