Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Last night's ECC committee meeting

What a rock and roll lifestyle we parish councillors live.

No. Just no.
At last night's meeting of the Environment and Community Committee (ECC), which I sit on, we spent a good hour reviewing Telford & Wrekin Council's draft taxi licensing policy.

I say Telford & Wrekin's policy but they let the cat out of the bag by forgetting to change a reference to the Scottish organisation that does the equivalent of CRB checks in the document!

I don't imagine many parish councils or other consultees (there are a bewildering number of organisations such as faith, race and gender groups in the list of consulted organisations) will give such a comprehensive response as Stirchley & Brookside's.  One member of the ECC is a former tax driver and another used to be involved in taxi licensing so we had some expert guidance.

One suggestion I made was that complaints about taxi drivers should be taken into account when considering renewing their licence.  Bizarrely, there is no provision in the draft policy for reviewing any complaints about tax drivers' behaviour or driving unless it results in a conviction.  If a driver is reported to the council for inappropriate behaviour or poor driving then surely that should be taken into account when the driver's licence is up for renewal?

Aside from the draft taxi licensing policy, we also considered a couple of applications for grants.  The applicants probably won't have been told if they were successful yet so I won't give details but they will of course be published in the official minutes for the meeting in a few days.

I bought up the persistent flooding on the junction of Grange Avenue behind the Co-op and informed the committee that it has been referred to the drainage officer.

The next parish council meeting is on the 17th and is a meeting of full council.  The public are, of course, always welcome to attend parish council meetings.