Minutes of Special Meeting of the Caithness Committee held in Mowat Room, Assembly Rooms, Wick on Tuesday 3rd October, 2006




Councillor Alastair I. MacDonald (Vice-Convener of the Caithness Committee in the Chair)

Councillor John H. Green         

Councillor Thomas C. Jackson

Councillor Donald M. Mackay

Councillor William A. Mowat


In Attendance:


Mrs. Fiona I. Sinclair, Area Solicitor/Administrator

Inspector Goskirk, Northern Constabulary



Caithness Committee

(Chairman – David Flear, Convener)



1.  Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors Flear, Fernie, MacNab, Saxon and Smith.



2.  Exclusion of the Public


The Committee resolved that under Section 50(A) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 6 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Act.



3.  Hearing – Application for a Taxi Drivers Licence         


The Committee was invited to consider an application for a Taxi Driver’s Licence lodged by Nicholas Smith, along with a letter of objection lodged on behalf of the Chief Constable, Northern Constabulary. 


Mr. Smith was present before the Meeting and intimated that he would be representing himself.  Inspector Goskirk appeared on behalf of the Chief Constable of Northern Constabulary.  Mrs. Sinclair introduced the application and explained that a letter of objection had been received from the Police following which a Hearing had been arranged.   Following Mr. Smith’s non-attendance at the Hearing, the Hearing had been re-scheduled for today’s date.  Mr. Smith addressed the Committee.


Inspector Goskirk referred to the points made in her letter of objection. 


Following questions from each of the parties to the other, questions from Members and closing submissions, the Committee retired to consider the application in light of the objection and the submissions made at the hearing.   


When the meeting reconvened, Councillor Jackson expressed concern regarding Mr. Smith’s previous record, and his failure to declare on his application form the offences which he now admits.  Councillor Jackson proposed that Mr. Smith’s application be refused on the grounds that he is not a fit and proper person to hold a Taxi Driver’s Licence.  The Committee so agreed.



The meeting closed at 10.20 am.