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To receive any disclosure of interests from Members and Officers in matters to be discussed.
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Minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 December 2018.
That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee, held on the 6 December 2018, be approved and adopted.
To receive and note questions asked and statements made from members of the public on issues relating to the responsibility of this Committee.
The Licensing Manager updated the Committee concerning improvements to the Council’s Taxi Licensing Policy referred to as the “Tip Top Taxi” project. The Committee was advised that over time, factors influencing the existing Policy had changed, for example, environmental issues, vehicle specification and accessibility requirements. It was felt that now was an appropriate time to review all of the relevant issues. The Committee would be updated with progress at key stages of the project.
Patrick Davies addressed the Committee regarding agenda item six, “Polling Station Review”, report LR516 refers. Mr Davies felt that the review of Polling Stations had not been publicised and consulted upon widely enough and sought some reassurance on this point. Specifically, he stated that although he had seen an article concerning the review in the local media, he questioned whether the local political party that he assisted had been made aware of it. Mr Davies also questioned the proposal within the report to move the polling station at the Holiday Inn, Telegraph Hill to Cheriton Village Hall as he felt that the new location would make it more difficult for local residents to vote.
The Chief Executive, (attending the meeting in her capacity of Acting Returning Officer) responded by confirming that the review had been done in line with statutory requirements. The Electoral Services Manager provided an overview of the consultation and communication milestones which included:
Following conclusion of the consultation on the 16 November 2018, officers then:
The Chairman advised Mr Davies that Officers would contact him to confirm the details of the communication with the specific local political party he had referred to.
Officers introduced the report which set out the outcome of a review of polling places undertaken in accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013. A number of key points concerning the review were made, summarised below:
The Committee was further informed that:
Finally, the proposed changes were summarised as follows:
Members debated the report, the proposed changes and the issues connected with current polling stations. The following points were made:
Officers responded to certain specific issues raised by Members as follows:
· That having considered the information and for the reasons explained in report LR516 the polling districts and polling places set out in Appendix ... view the full minutes text for item 4.