Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
LICENSING COMMITTEE: 6TH NOVEMBER,
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
- 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.