The Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy (Gambling) sets out the manner in which the Council will generally promote the Licensing Objectives when considering and making decisions on applications made under the Gambling Act (the Act). The Council’s current Statement of Policy is due to expire on the 31st of January 2019. Under the Gambling Act 2005 policies endure for a 3 year period.
The licensing objectives set out in the Act are: 1. preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime and 2. ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way and 3. protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
An updated version of the Councils Gambling Policy can be found here. The Policy has been prepared under Section 349 of the Act and in accordance with the Commission’s Guidance for Licensing Authorities issued under Section 25 of the Act. Only relatively minor modifications are being proposed. They include some minor amendments to the Local Area Profile, some updates around Data Protection which include reference to the recent change in the law, General Data Protection regulations (GDPR) and more in depth information for operators on Local Risk Assessments, a requirement that came in in April 2016.
Any comments or observations will be welcomed, responses should be sent in writing to Mark Marshall, the address is found below or by e mail to email@example.com. The consultation commences on the 13th September 2018 and will close on the 8th November 2018.