Agenda and minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Licensing Committee - Monday, 24th May, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Court Room at Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, BN21 4UG

Contact: Committee Services on 01323 410000 

Note: This meeting is open to the public to attend. Whilst seating is currently limited due to social distancing guidelines, we ask that if you are planning to attend and observe the meeting, you register in advance (by midday Thursday, 20 May 2021) by emailing We would request that you do not attend unless you have received an email from us confirming your seat reservation. Priority seating will be given to speakers. 

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Members of the Committee and Officers present introduced themselves via roll call during the meeting.



Minutes of the meeting held on 18 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 387 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 18 January 2021 were submitted and approved, and the Chair was authorised to sign them as a correct record.



Apologies for absence/declaration of substitute members


There were none.



Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) by members as required under Section 31 of the Localism Act and of other interests as required by the Code of Conduct.


There were none.



Questions by members of the public pdf icon PDF 187 KB

On matters not already included on the agenda and for which prior written notice has been given (total time allowed 15 minutes).



Councillor Maxted, Chair, read a written statement on behalf of Mr Everson, Chairman EEAN Transport Group, who was unable to attend the meeting. The statement was published on the Council’s website and circulated to the committee members. The statement questioned if there were plans to move the sector forward in reducing its carbon emission in the very near future.  Danielle Ball (Specialist Advisor – Licensing) confirmed that a further report wouldbe brought before the Licensing Committee on ultra-low emissions, a statement had been placed in the Taxi Licensing Guidance, and that a written response would be sent to Mr Everson.



Urgent items of business

The Chairman to notify the Committee of any items of urgent business to be added to the agenda.



There were none.



Right to address the meeting/order of business

The Chair to report any requests received to address the Committee from a member of the public or from a Councillor in respect of an item listed below and to invite the Committee to consider taking such items at the commencement of the meeting. 


One spokesperson is permitted to speak for 3 minutes and must register by 12 noon, Thursday, 20 May 2021.  Email:


Note:  Normally only one speaker is allowed to address the Committee on an item for three minutes and that one person should act as spokesperson for the group.  No more than one speaker can be allowed except in exceptional circumstances with prior agreement of the Chair before the registration deadline.




The Chair allowed two speakers, both raising different points, to speak on behalf of their respective groups.


Mr Chris Rowkins, Eastbourne Access Group Member, addressed the Committee stating that as a wheelchair user he found it extremely difficult to book an accessible taxi; the designated list of accessible vehicles lacked information and was out of date, and more needed to be done to encourage co-operation with the trade for residents and visitors alike.


Mr Kevin Coleman, Secretary of 720 Taxis addressed the Committee stating that he fully endorsed the proposals and raised a number of questions regarding the implementation of CCTV in vehicles.  In response, SAL confirmed that the implementation of CCTV had not yet been discussed by the Committee and agreed, and as such specific details were not available at the time.  



Taxi Licensing Guidance Review pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee considered the report of the Director of Service Delivery which requested the Committee consider the result of the public consultation regarding the Eastbourne Borough Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Guidance and to agree a final Guidance document to be adopted on a date to be agreed.


The Specialist Advisor – Licensing (SAL), Paul Thornton, presented the report and its findings.


Several typographical amendments to the report were noted:


 o)  Replace the word ‘off’ with ‘of’ the English Language.

y)  Delete the word ‘annually’ after ‘annual basic disclosure’.


Members discussed and agreed on the following changes to the Guidance:


(a)  Changes in Licensing (Part 1) – Agreed to implement.

(b)         Relicensing of vehicles (Part 3, Maximum age of vehicles) – Agreed to implement.

(c)          Vehicle Door Signs (Part 3, Livery).  In discussion, Members considered the response received from the trade and public and were of a mixed opinion. This was put to a vote and it was agreed to implement, by 9 votes for and 3 votes against.

(d)         Insurance Write Offs (Part 3, Vehicle Specification) – Agreed to implement.

(e)         Intended work area (Part 3, Intended Use) – Agreed to implement.

(f)           In-vehicle visual recording CCTV (Part 3).  In discussion, Members felt they needed further details to consider the implications.  Councillor Babarinde proposed to agree in principle the implementation of CCTV, subject to receipt of further details to determine the installation date for consideration at a future Licensing Committee meeting. This was seconded by Councillor Diplock.  This proposal was put to a vote and it was agreed by 7 votes for and 5 vote against. 

(g)         Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Licences (Part 3, Wheelchair Accessible). In discussion, Members questioned enforcement.  SAL confirmed it was part of the vehicle inspection check and would be on the suitability test – Agreed to implement.

(h)         Plate and Livery exemptions (Part 3, Executive Private Hire Vehicles) – Agreed to implement. 

(i)           Dual Drivers Licences (Part 4, Licences) – Agreed to implement.

(j)           Stretched Limousines (Part 3, Stretched Limousines and Other Specialist Vehicles) – Agreed to implement.

(k)          Fit and Proper Test (Part 4, Fit & Proper Test) – Agreed to implement.

(l)           Disclosure Barring Service (DBS Update Service (Part 4, DBS and Part 5, Private Hire Operators) – Agreed to implement.

(m)        Overseas Applicants (Part 4, DBS) – Agreed to implement.

(n)         DVLA Drivers Licence checks (Part 4, DVLA Licence Checking) – Agreed to implement.

(o)         Introduction of English Language Proficiency Test for all new applicants (Part 4, English Language Proficiency Test) – Agreed to implement.

(p)         Safeguarding Awareness Training (Part 4, Safeguarding Training) – Agreed to implement.

(q)         Mandatory Disability Awareness Training (Part 4, Safeguarding Training) – Agreed to implement.

(r)           Clarifies process to apply for an exemption certificates from carrying assistance dogs (Part 8) – Agreed to implement.

(s)          Card Payments (Part 9) – Agreed to implement.

(t)           Vaping (Appendix 3, Paragraph 26) – Agreed to implement.

(u)         Criminality Checks on Vehicle Proprietors (Part 3, Vehicles) – Agreed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


Date of the next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 11 October 2021.


That the next meeting of the Licensing Committee which is scheduled to commence at 6.00pm on Monday, 11 October 2021, be noted.