Proposed changes to Gambling Licensing policy

COLCHESTER: Members of the public and local businesses are being invited to comment a proposed draft statement of the Gambling Licensing Policy.

The 2019-2022 policy  is due to be re-adopted following a review by the council as required by the Gambling Act 2005.

Principles the council will apply to promote national licensing objectives are a key parts of the policy used when making decisions on applications for local gambling licenses.

Cllr. Mike Lilley (Lab), Portfolio Holder for Planning, Public Safety and Licensing, said: “The well-being of our residents is a key priority for the council and the Gambling Policy has a role to play in this.

“We are really keen to hear from those who may be directly or indirectly affected by gambling premises in the town centre and I would encourage them to submit their views online by 5 November.”

Views of residents, business and other organisations are to be welcomed by the council during the four week consultation period, starting today (8th October).

The consultation, due to end on 5th November is currently in draft form and can be viewed online.

Significant changes proposed include a new requirement for applicants to carry our a risk assessment, and the development of a Local Area Profile (LAP), mapping risk factors across the borough ensuring areas not suitable for gambling premises are identified.

The LAP has been created by drawing upon the council’s existing knowledge and expertise and that of its partners to produce a comprehensive profile of local risks.