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Public Participation

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There was no public participation.



Declarations of Interest

Members may make declarations of Interest at this point or may make them at any point in the meeting

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There were no declarations of interest at this point in the meeting.





Minutes of Previous meetings pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Regulatory Committee held on Thursday 9 December 2021.

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Regulatory Committee – 9 December 2021  


RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Regulatory Committee held on Thursday, 9 December 2021 be confirmed and signed as an accurate record.




Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Matters Arising schedule setting out current position of previously agreed actions as at 2 March 2022.


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With regard to the black action entitled “Flyposting” and in response to Members enquiry as to when such a report would be brought to the Committee, Officers confirmed this matter would be considered as part of the wider the Public Space Protection Order scheduled for consideration by the Committee in December 2022.


A Member notified Officers of some flyposting from the Trinity Arts Centre Christmas events from late 2021. The Housing & Environmental Enforcement Manager stated that he would work with the team at the Trinity Arts Centre to deal with this issue.


Another Member raised concerns regarding fly-tipping nearby and within her ward. The Officer indicated he would contact the Member outside of the meeting to address any ward specific concerns.


In the absence of any further questions, the report was taken as read and with no requirement for a vote, the Matters Arising were DULY NOTED.



Taxi Fare Increase Request pdf icon PDF 274 KB

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Members gave consideration to a report which provided Members of the Regulatory Committee the background and options to the Taxi Fare Increase Request.

Under the provisions of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 the District Council was the Authority responsible for licensing hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. The Council was also responsible for setting a scale of fares, which set out the maximum amount that could be charged by hackney carriage proprietors. The Council could not, however, control fares for private hire vehicles.


The Council licensed 55 hackney carriages, 26 private hire vehicles and 103 drivers in the District. In the last 10 years there had been two increases in the scale of fares, the last one being in 2017 when rates had been increased. As a result of a hackney carriage proprietor contacting the Licensing Team to request a fare increase. In the absence of a Hackney Association in West Lindsey, each proprietor was contacted individually for their views as to whether they felt there was a need for an increase in fares.


Out of 43 proprietors consulted, 14 were in favour of an increase and had suggested various options, 7 were not in favour of an increase. The Officer concluded his remarks by reminding Members that it was their decision regarding whether there should be an increase in the fees chargeable, and if so, to determine the level of that increase. The report provided Members with current tariff levels and an indication of the fares which would be chargeable if the options suggested by those responding to the consultation, were accepted, Table 2.2 referred.


Debate ensued and Members recognised longer term issues that included the rise of inflation, petrol price increase, and the cost of living that had led to the taxi firms’ request. Members also drew attention to medium term and short-term effects which included the effect of the Coronavirus-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine.


In response to a question about the consultation process, Members learnt that the process was conducted in November 2021, which a Member pointed out was prior to the war in Ukraine, which the Member noted had led to a substantial increase in the price of petrol. Replying to a similar question about the rate of the responses, Members heard that 21 out of 43 responses showed a good number of traders expressing their opinions, almost 50%.


In answer to a comment about the publication, Members heard that the change would be publicised through a Public Notice without a press release.


Noting that the general consensus from the Committee was that fees chargeable should be increased and that there were no concerns with the re-naming of the tariffs, the Chairman suggested recommendations a) and b) be dealt with first, to allow debate to focus on the level of increase to be applied.


With recommendations a) and b) having been proposed and seconded, on voting it was unanimously


RESOLVED that: - 


(a)    the renaming  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.