Agenda and minutes

Licensing and Safety Committee - Tuesday, 13 July 2021 6.00pm

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Contact: Stephen Platt, Democratic Services Officer 

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Councillor Bhutia


Members and officers present held a moment of reflection in memory of Councillor Bhutia, who had been a valued member of the Committee.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Browne and Carr.


(During this period, the Conservative and Labour and Co-operative political groups had informally agreed, due the Coronavirus pandemic, to run meetings with reduced number of participants. This was to reduce risk, comply with Government guidance and enable more efficient meetings. Therefore, the apologies given reflected that informal agreement of reduced participants). 


Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 2 June 2021.


The record of the meeting held on 2 June 2021 was agreed and signed by the Chairman. 


Urgent matters by reason of special circumstances

The Chairman will announce any late items which do not appear on the main agenda but which he/she has agreed should be considered by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the report. 


There were none. 


Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests and other interests pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 4.



Disclosable pecuniary interests


There were none.


Other significant interests (OSIs)


There were none.


Other interests


Councillor McDonald declared an interest as he worked for the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). The CAB had been a consultee on the draft Statement of Gambling Policy but had not provided a response.


Statement of Gambling Policy 2022 to 2025 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To present Members with the consultation responses received in respect of the draft revised Gambling Policy. The report includes an evaluation of each response and gives a recommendation as to whether or not to amend the draft revised policy statement and, if so, in what way and to what extent. Members’ input is sought in finalising the policy statement for publication and implementation subject to approval by Full Council.

Additional documents:




The Committee considered a report on the consultation responses received in respect of the draft revised Gambling Policy. The consultation had run for four weeks, and the three responses which had been received were attached as an appendix to the report.


Members noted the proposed revisions to the policy, which included the addition of more information on the registration of Small Society Lotteries and a number of administrative amendments.


The draft revised policy incorporating the proposed amendments was attached as an appendix to the report and officers were praised for producing a well written document.




The Committee:


(a)  noted the responses to the consultation and officers’ proposed amendments to the policy document as set out in paragraph 3 of the report; and


(b)  proposed no further amendments to the draft policy document prior to its consideration by the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet, and recommendation to Full Council for approval.