Meeting documents

Statutory Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 11.30 am

Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018 Time: 11.30 a.m. Place: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale

Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

PresentAndReport toReport of
COUNCILLOR B. SUMMERS (CHAIR)

Councillors: D. Bevan
G.A. Davies
S. Healy
W. Hodgins
J. Millard
T. Smith
B. Thomas
G. Thomas
D. Wilkshire
B. Willis
L. Winnett
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Item/Resolution Status Action
PUBLIC
1. TUDALEN GLAWR AGENDA GYMRAEG/WELSH VERSION OF AGENDA COVERSHEET
Tudalen Glawr Agenda Gymraeg/Welsh Version of Agenda Coversheet (168K/bytes)
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2. SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

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3. APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors D. Hancock and J. Hill.

Noted
4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST AND DISPENSATIONS

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

Noted
5. STATUTORY LICENSING SUB-COMMITTEE 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2018

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Consideration was given to the report of the Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee held on 11th September, 2018.

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the decision of the Sub-Committee to revoke the Premises Licence in respect of the Ambala Restaurant, Station Road, Waunlwyd, Ebbw Vale be confirmed.

Agreed
6. GAMBLING - STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY
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Consideration was given to the report of the Team Manager Licensing to seek recommendations from Members in respect of the Gambling Statement of Licensing Policy following the completion of statutory consultation.

The Team Manager Licensing spoke to the report and highlighted the main points contained therein. The report outlined the work of the Licensing Team to update the Gambling Policy and the consultation processes that had been undertaken.

In response to a Member's enquiry regarding consultees, the Team Manager said that consultation with organisations who deal with vulnerable people had been undertaken i.e. Social Services, Gamblers Anonymous, Police and Town Council's etc. As part of the local risk assessment any licence applications received by the Authority, Members would be consulted to identify vulnerable groups in the locality. Local gambling premises address local vulnerabilities but some younger individuals used smart phones to gamble and did not attend gambling premises.

A Member expressed concern that no consultation response had been received from Gwent Police and only four responses had been received in total. The Team Manager informed Members that a lot of interaction with Gwent Police was undertaken in relation to joint inspections. Any concerns or potential issues the Police had with licensed premises would be brought to the attention of the Local Authority. The Gambling Licensing Policy had been developed over a period of time and organisations may not formally respond if the Policy met their criteria. The Policy reflected all of the consultations received for Blaenau Gwent and other areas.

A Member enquired if Blaenau Gwent had a high level of gambling addiction. The Team Manager commented that individuals seeking help or support from organisations such as Gamblers Anonymous or Citizens Advice would be brought to the attention of the Licensing Authority but precise numbers were unavailable. There were a number of organisations who helped individuals with gambling issues but they were not all linked in together. As part of the multi-operational self-exclusion scheme registers of vulnerable individuals were kept and local gambling premises had policies and procedures in place to address any issues. In relation to phone gambling this was more difficult to address.

A Member enquired regarding casino licences, the Team Manager confirmed that as part of the Gambling Policy, Members may make a resolution not to issue casino licences. Blaenau Gwent had previously not made such a resolution and any casino licence application would therefore be considered on its merits.

A discussion ensued when the Solicitor clarified the options for recommendation to Members.

Upon a vote being taken, it was

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed; namely that the Gambling Policy as amended following statutory consultation be approved.

Agreed
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