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Declaration of interests
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To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2020 (copy enclosed)
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2020.
That the minutes be signed as a correct record.
Consideration of proposed amendments to the Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) and approval to undertake consultation (report of the Head of Public Protection enclosed)
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Public Protection which considered the proposed amendments to the Gambling Policy (Statement of Principles) and recommended approval to undertake consultation.
The Head of Public Protection introduced the report and highlighted the following points:
Members asked whether current applications would need to be determined under the current policy and if an application for a licence would still be considered if the relevant planning application had been refused.
· The Head of Public Protection confirmed that any applications submitted prior to the publication of the new Policy in January 2022 would be considered under the current Policy and that Planning and Licensing applications are considered as separate applications.
The Licensing Officer set out the recommendations for existing policy amendments:
· Number of Gambling Authorisations
o The updated policy would detail licence numbers for 2021 which would show a reduction in numbers from those detailed in the current policy following the closure of some businesses due to Covid.
· General Principles
o The wording in this section would be reinforced and a paragraph would be added to state that moral objections to gambling would not be accepted when considering a gambling licence application.
· Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Gaming Machine Permits and Prize Gaming Permits
o A basic DBS check would need to be ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent.
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