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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Delyn Committee Room, County Hall, Mold CH7 6NA

Contact: Nicola Gittins 01352 702345  Email: nicola.gittins@flintshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

10.

Declarations of Interest (Including Whipping Declarations)

To receive any Declarations and advise Members accordingly.

Decision:

None were received.

Minutes:

            None were received.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting on 28 June 2018.

Decision:

That the minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 28th June 2018 had been circulated with the agenda.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 

12.

Gambling Act 2005 Review of Statement of Gambling Policy pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To inform Members of the requirement to review the Statement of Gambling Policy, and to provide a final draft of the policy.

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the report be noted.

Minutes:

The Licensing Team Leader introduced the Gambling Act 2005 Review of Statement of Gambling Policy report which provided a copy of the draft policy which was out for consultation.

 

The new policy would be required to commence on 31st January 2019 in accordance with the Act.

 

With regard to the policy, and how the Council would discharge the functions, the policy must contain objectives on the following:

 

·         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 is conducted in a fair and open way; and

·         Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

 

The policy must be approved by County Council and could last for a period of three years.  Prior to approval, consultation must take place with:

 

·         The Police;

·         The Fire Authority;

·         One or more persons who appeared to the Authority to represent the interests of persons carrying on gambling businesses in the Authority area; and

·         One or more persons who appeared to the Authority to represent the interests of persons who are likely to be affected by the exercise of the Authority’s functions under the Act.

 

Councillor Banks expressed his concern on 3.3.6 of the policy which referred to vulnerable persons and he felt there was not enough protection for them.  The Licensing Team Leader explained that it was the responsibility of each venue to undertake their own risks assessments based on the procedures of the Council; they could not be dictated to but they could be pointed in the direction of Gamcare.

 

In response to a further comment from Councillor Banks, the Licensing Team Leader explained that the maximum stake for gaming machines was stipulated by Government. The Solicitor added that if the policy was not approved there would be a risk of a judicial review as the policy was underpinned by UK law.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the report be noted. 

13.

Members of the Press and Public in Attendance

Minutes:

There were no members of the press or public present.   

 

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