Committees

Minute of Meeting of the Ross, Skye and Lochaber Licensing Committee held in the Council Chambers, Lochaber House, High Street, Fort William on Tuesday, 17  June 2008 at 11.00am.

 

Present:

 

Mrs Margaret Paterson  (Chair)

Mr Richard Greene

Mrs Angela MacLean

Mr Craig Fraser

Mr Drew Millar

Mr Alan Henderson

Mr Brian Murphy

In Attendance:

 

Mr Alaisdair H Mackenzie,  Area Solicitor

Mrs Julie Traynor, Chief Executive’s Office

 

Also Present:

 

Mr Mohammed Iqbal, Scorpion Markets (Applicant)

Mr Gilbert Gallie, Fire Authority

 

Declarations of Interest – Mr Brian Murphy declared a financial interest in Item 6 and intimated that he had previously been employed by Key Housing Association.

 

1.           Apologies for Absence

 

Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Mrs Jean Urquhart, Mr Bren Gormley, Mr John Laing and Mr David Alston.

 

2.           Confirmation of Minutes

 

There had been circulated for confirmation the Minute of the Meeting of the Ross, Skye and Lochaber Licensing Committee held on 20 May 2008.

 

The Minute was held as read and approved.

 

3.           Notification of Conviction – Ref LG/9(a)(t)129

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-008-08.pdf (16kb) by the  Area Solicitor  relating to a Taxi Operator/Taxi Driver who had received a motoring conviction and which invited the Committee to consider whether or not the Licence-holder continued to be a fit and proper person to hold a Taxi Operator’s Licence.

 

After noting that Northern Constabulary had been consulted in relation to the above and had confirmed by letter dated 27 May 2008 that they had no objection to the Licence-holder continuing his business as a Taxi Cab Operator on the basis that he employed another licensed taxi driver to drive for him during his period of disqualification, the Committee agreed not to take any further action.

 

4.           Application for Grant of a Taxi Driver’s Licence – Ref TD/2008/04/04

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-009-08.pdf (18kb)  by the  Area Solicitor  relating to an application for a Taxi Driver’s Licence.

 

The Committee noted from the Area Solicitor that the applicant had withdrawn the application.

 

5.           Application for Renewal of Taxi Driver’s Licence – Mr James M Souness

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-010-08.pdf (16kb) by the  Area Solicitor which invited the Committee to consider an application for renewal of a Taxi Driver’s Licence.

 

The Report advised that the applicant had received two Fixed Penalties which brought the total number of points on his licence to six and invited the Committee to consider whether or not the applicant continued to be a fit and proper person to hold a Taxi Driver’s Licence.

 

After noting that no objections had been received in respect of the application, the Committee agreed to grant the Taxi Driver’s Licence to the applicant for a period of three years.

 

6.           Grant of a Licence for a House in Multiple Occupation – 58 Camanachd Crescent, Fort William

 

Mr Brian Murphy vacated the Council Chambers and took no part in the discussion thereof.

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-011-08.pdf (18kb)  by the Area Solicitor advising of receipt of an application for a House in Multiple Occupation Licence from Key Housing Association in respect of 58 Camanachd Crescent, Fort William.

 

The Report recommended that the Committee agree to defer determination of the application and either (a) allow it to be approved under delegated powers in the event that all necessary requirements were met or (b) if not able to be approved under delegated powers, refer it to a future meeting of the Committee when the application would be determined in terms of the Hearings Procedure.

 

The Committee agreed the recommendation.

 

7.           Renewal of Public Entertainment Licence – Ardgour Memorial Hall, Ardgour 

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-012-08.pdf (16kb) by the Area Solicitor advising of receipt of an application for renewal of a Public Entertainment Licence in respect of Ardgour Memorial Hall, Ardgour.

 

The Report recommended that the Committee agree  to defer determination of the application and either (a) allow it to be approved under delegated powers for a period of 3 years in the event that all necessary requirements were met or (b) if not able to be approved under delegated powers, refer it to a future meeting of the Committee when the application would be determined in terms of the Hearings Procedure.

 

After hearing from the Area Solicitor, the Committee agreed the recommendation with the proviso that the works relating to repair and redecoration to the main hall ceiling should be undertaken within six months of the granting of the Licence.

 

8.           Application for Variation to Civil Marriage Licence Approval – Inverlochy Castle Hotel

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-013-08.pdf (23kb) by the Area Solicitor which invited the Committee to consider an application for Variation to the Civil Marriage Approval in respect of Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

 

The Report advised that the Approval Holder was seeking to increase the number of persons currently permitted to attend Marriage Ceremonies within the Drawing Room and Great Hall of the premises from 50 persons to 80 persons.

 

After noting that no objections/representations to the request had been received from the statutory consultees, the Committee agreed to approve the Variation request and permit numbers attending Marriage Ceremonies in the Drawing Room and Great Hall to be increased to 80 persons.

 

9.           Application for Market Operator’s Licence – Scorpion (UK) Limited

 

The Chairman welcomed Mr Iqbal to the Meeting.  The Chairman then outlined the procedure which would be followed by the Committee, copies of which had been previously circulated to all parties.

 

There had been circulated Report No. LCR-014-08.pdf (24kb) by the Area Solicitor which invited the Committee to consider an application for Renewal of a Market Operator’s Licence which had been received from Scorpion (UK) Limited.

 

During discussion, the Committee noted that the applicant had applied to trade during the following periods:-

 

i.             every Thursday

ii.           Monday or Friday of Public Holidays

iii.         Christmas and New Years Eves

 

The Committee noted from the Report that the statutory public site notice had been displayed and that no objections to the application had been received.  However, Planning and Building Standards had indicated that Planning Permission for the Market would expire on 1 April 2009 and that permission had only been granted in relation to Thursdays.

 

The Committee further noted that TEC Services (Roads) had commented that, inter alia, minor alterations to the stall positions should be agreed and undertaken in liaison with them.

Arising therefrom, the Committee agreed that consideration of the application be deferred (1) to enable the applicant to liaise with the Planning Authority with a view to obtaining planning permission for the additional days as outlined on his application form and (2) to enable clarification of the stall positions with regard to disabled parking and that the application should be referred back to the Committee for determination.

 

The meeting closed at 11.25am.