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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

LICENSING COMMITTEE: 6TH NOVEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 10TH OCTOBER, 2012

 

 

"           GAMBLING ACT 2005 STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES (REF) –

 

The Licensing Committee at its meeting held on 3rd September 2012 gave consideration to the above matter which placed a duty on the Council to develop a Statement of Principles that promoted the following three licensing objectives:

 

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling was conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited.

 

The Scrutiny Committee was being consulted as part of the consultation exercise on the contents of the same.  It was noted that consultation would also be undertaken with members of the trade, responsible authorities and current licence holders.  Subject to completion of the consultation exercise, it was anticipated that a Statement of Principles would take effect on 31st January 2013. 

 

The Chairman, in commenting on the report, expressed her disappointment that there had been no officer available from the Licensing section to address questions that Members may have in regard to the proposed Statement of Principles.  Councillor Drysdale echoed the comments of the Chairman and referred to specific elements of the draft Statement of Principles, specifically in regard to the risks associated with gambling and proposed that the Licensing Committee give consideration to the inclusion of appropriate advice/ warnings to raise the public’s awareness of the associated risks with gambling activities when the Statement of Principles document was published on the Council’s website.

 

The Committee concurred with the views expressed by Councillor Drysdale and having regard to the above and the contents of the report

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the Licensing Committee be requested to ensure that when the Council’s Statement of Principles in regard to the Gambling Act 2005 were published on the Council’s website this document be accompanied with appropriate information warning the public of the potential consequences of participating in gambling related activities.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

To underpin the Council’s Corporate and Service Plan objectives.

 

 

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