The Chairman of the Licensing Committee presented the Gambling Act 2005 Draft Statement of Principles (the Gambling Policy) to Council, which stood recommended by her Committee, following on from the statutory consultation period. Full Council were asked to approved the Policy for implementation with effect from 1 January 2022.
Members were advised that the Council was required to publish a Statement of Principles and review it every three years; the document formed the basis on which the Council’s licensing decisions were made. The Statement of Principles applied to casino’s, bingo clubs, betting shops, track betting, amusement arcades, gaming machines, prize gaming, lotteries and other forms of gambling.
Some minor amendments had been made following on from the consultation and these had been reflected within the final version presented to Members and were summarised in the report.
The statutory licensing role that the Council played was key to ensuring that businesses operated safely and responsibly and enabled residents to engage in these activities in a regulated and managed way. It also enabled the Council to take action where premises were not following those principles.
The Chairman of the Licensing Committee moved the recommendations, which were duly seconded.
On being put to the vote it was: -
RESOLVED that the recommendation from Licencing Committee on 16 September 2021 be accepted, and the Gambling Act 2005 – Statement of Principles 22-24 be approved for adoption, with effect from 1 January 2022.
Having considered the draft Gambling Policy, at their meeting in June 2021, when it had been approved for consultation purposes, the Committee gave further consideration to the Policy following the consultation period, with a view to recommending it to Full Council for adoption.
The consultation had taken place between the 14th of June 2021 and 6th of August 2021. As a result of responses received (1) a number of minor wording amendments had been made. These did not affect the policy approach. All amendments made as a result of the consultation feedback were detailed in Section 3.4 of the report.
With no questions or debate it was
RESOLVED that the Gambling Act 2005 – Statement of Principles be approved for RECOMMENDATION to Full Council, at its next meeting (1 November 2021) for final determination.