Revised Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles)
Report of Environmental Health and Licensing Manager – Craig Fowler.
The Licensing Team Leader provided Members with a detailed overview of the report.
Members were being asked to consider the Council’s revised Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) following the consultation that had been held from July to September 2021 and recommend the final approved Policy to Full Council for adoption.
The Chairman drew Members’ attention to page 17 of the agenda pack that listed the number of gambling authorisations granted by Breckland Council.
Councillor Bambridge, the Portfolio Holder for Licensing felt that sensible amendments had been made to the Policy and was in full support of the Policy going forward.
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman thanked the Licensing Team Leader for this enormous piece of work.
Councillor Dowling asked how children were protected in pubs and restaurants who had such gambling machines. Members were informed that the licence came with conditions, and it was the responsibility of the manager of those premises to ensure that under 18s were not using the machines.
Councillor Bambridge stated that he had spent 2 days with one of the larger gambling organisations and he had been pleased with the policing and management of such matters.
The Chairman encouraged all Members to report any concerns to the Licensing Team.
RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to Council that the final approved Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) be adopted.