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To receive the apologies of any Member who is unable to attend this meeting.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Banks, Hartnett and Pearce.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any interests they may have in items on the agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Committee held on 17th May 2010.
(Minutes to follow)
the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17th May 2010 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
To consider objections received to the proposals to site an additional and an alternative taxi rank on Evesham Road, Headless Cross.
Members were asked to consider a report that outlined objections to proposals to site additional and alternative taxi ranks on Evesham Road, Headless Cross.
The Licensing Manager reported that further to Minute 25 of the meeting of this Committee held on 25th January 2010, the approved proposals had been publicised as required by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. These proposals included the provision of an additional Hackney Carriage rank for 6/7 spaces outside Steps Bistro and the re-siting of the current provision of 3 spaces situated outside the White Hart on the pavement; to the roadside opposite the White Hart public house.
Councillor Gandy, in her role as a Ward Councillor for Headless Cross and Oakenshaw, reported that she had withdrawn her support for the proposals for the following reasons:
the proposals would only increase the
number of taxi ranks by 6 bays. However
there could be 30 – 40 taxis in the area on Thursday, Friday
and Saturday nights either parked in exactly the same places as at
present or cruising up and down the road waiting for a taxi rank
space to become available.
2) the big parking problems in the area are at the Dog and Pheasant, which has no parking and the Council’s sheltered housing scheme at Headley Court, which provides parking for residents’ only and is over subscribed. Residential properties fronting onto that part of Evesham Road do not have garages or drives and have no opportunities for off-street parking. She highlighted that parking is an issue for a number of shops and, in particular, the hairdressers.
Councillor Gandy withdrew from the meeting at this point because of her prior involvement as a Ward Councillor.
Members were informed that the response of Worcestershire County Council, as Highways Authority, following further consultation had been as follows:
“The intention of the proposal from a traffic management/road safety perspective is to remove the inappropriate taxi rank from the footway, which is deemed a safety hazard. The loss of this facility would be offset by the utilisation of the bus stop clearway areas for taxis during the evening and also the additional provision of taxi facilities outside Steps public house. There will actually be a net increase in taxi ranks spaces available, which will help to formalise taxi parking and therefore minimise indiscriminate parking which currently takes place. Regardless of these proposals going forward, we are obliged to remove the unofficial marking from the pavement area, and we would encourage Redditch Borough Council to remove any formal Hackney Carriage Stand Order that may exist. We wouldn’t support the general principle of a lay-by when facilities can be accommodated within existing highway arrangements as proposed. I would also say that a lay-by at this location would leave a substandard footway width and interfere with visibility from the pub accesses”.
Redditch Taxi Association had responded to the consultation stating that:
“they feel the implementation of these new and revised ranks would improve ... view the full minutes text for item 8.