Venue: Hybrid - Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron / remotely via video conference
Councillor Endaf Edwards and Caryl Roberts apologised for
their inability to attend the meeting.
Declaration of personal interest/prejudicial interest
It was RESOLVED to confirm as a true record the minutes of the meeting of
the Committee held on the 24 April 2022.
Minute 7- Members sought confirmation that parents/guardians
outside schools were informed not to run their engine unnecessarily while that
vehicle was stationary on a public road. It was reported that the Education
service had informed all schools; and this message had been cascaded down to
parents by parent mail. It was also reported that the Corporate Transport Unit
should be informed of this request to inform bus companies to also deter from
running their engines.
Consideration was given to the General Update report on Taxis and other
matters (Non-Statutory). The report had been presented
in order to advise Members of activity undertaken by
the Licensing Section since the last Committee meeting and also advise on
current work being undertaken.
An update on the following was provided:-
Following questions from the floor, it was AGREED to note the update
Consideration was given to the Report upon the New Holiday Caravan Site
Licence Conditions. The report had been presented in order to
inform Members of the current conditions were in excess of 30 years old and
were needed to be brought up to date at least to reflect the changes brought
about by The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005. It was reported that
these were an an improvement to the current
conditions as they were more concise, simplified and clarified the requirements
placed on site owners.
They had been considered and drafted by members of The Four Licensing
Counites Forum with input from the Fire Authority, and they would lead the way
for a consistent approach across the Dyfed-Powys Four Counties area.
Following questions from the floor, it was AGREED
(i) to approve the proposed standard licence conditions in Appendix C and
D of the
(ii) to approve the need to consult with the relevant trade namely
existing site licence holders as part of an 8-week consultation process in
accordance with the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
It was reported that the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities
Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021 (the legislation) were introduced in order to provide greater welfare protections for animals
sold as pets. These bring in more
private sellers of pets under a requirement to be licensed, to ensure the
welfare protections of the animals were applied. They also replace existing Pet Shop licensing
legislation. The new legislation brings
more sellers of pet animals within the licensing regime, and as such introduces
a wider fee structure. These new fees
require agreement in order to be introduced and pet sellers
An introduction to the new legislation was presented through the
Democratic process in 2021.The process of calculating fees was based upon a
cost recovery basis only, and they follow the process used across the licensing
function. A review of other authorities
had found the fees were consistent in level.
The enforcement fee was included in the 2022/2023 fees in
order to cover the additional work the authority had to undertake in
identifying operators who are operating without a license. As the operators previously not subject to
licensing are “onboarded”, then the need for this fee would decrease. The charging for additional enforcement fees
was listed in the legislation.
Following question from the floor, it was AGREED
(i) to note the report for information;
(ii) that the Healthier Overview and Scrutiny Committee consider the fees
at their next meeting, and that the service provided specific examples of dog
breeders fees in relation to licence type;
(iii) to note that there were health benefits for female dogs to have a
single litter in her lifetime and that a license was not required for the
one-off sale in that instance; and
(vi) that the public be advised of these new legal requirements by a
press release and on the social media platform of the Council