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Declaration of Pecuniary Interests
Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.
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To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2019 as a correct record of the proceedings.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 May 2019 be approved and signed as a correct record of the proceedings.
Ms Nicole Terrieux, Consumer Protection Manager, and Ms Bina Patel, Licensing Manager introduced the report.
In response to questions from Members, the Committee was informed that:
· The 31 responses to the consultation was reasonably substantial and rather common to a gambling policy consultation. This was partly because the licensing policy dealt with different licensing objectives and was set for a five-year period.
· Most of information had already been set by the Gambling Commission and it was difficult to get a larger response for the consultation than the one that was received.
· Section 5.5 of the report showed how the public consultation and engagement was publicised. The Communications and Engagement teams were engaged and stock emails were sent to residents and businesses. Relevant Chair’s meetings and sessions were held.
· Relevant business interests included schools, church groups, charities and faith groups amongst other groups to cover as many organisations as possible.
· The policy had been written so that it was easy to understand for anybody reading it.
· Applicants would be expected to provide detailed risk assessments in line with the policy. Details of appropriate measures that were in place would be provided. Appropriate measures that had not been taken could be addressed by the Licensing Sub-Committee and mitigating factors could be proposed. Further, if additional conditions were required, then the Licensing Sub-Committee would have the opportunity to propose those as well. A further risk assessment could also be completed when necessary.
· New and existing operators would have to follow the policy.
· If the risk assessments performed by existing operators did not meet the required standards, then the Licensing team would work with the operator to ensure that requirements were met. If the standards were still not met, then the licence could be reviewed.
· A step-by-step flow diagram of how the process worked in full could be provided.
· The Licensing Act was separate from the Gambling Act. Therefore a licence for regulated entertainment, late night refreshment or music would fall under the regulations of the Licensing Act and not the Gambling Act. However, the gambling policy would take into account elements such as the locality in which the premises was located and its impact in the area in general.
· If there were issues of antisocial behaviour, then this could be examined and depending on the conclusions drawn and further steps would be taken to mitigate any issues.
· A gambling operator looking for a licence would take into account their risk assessment and other businesses located in the area.
· Creating a link between the licensing policy and the gambling policy was not something that had been set down by the Gambling Commission. If a premises needed to be reviewed and there was evidence of a link between licensing and gambling activity, then consideration could be given to changing the policy.
· Individual ward councillors would be informed whenever new applications would be submitted.
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