Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms 1 & 2 - Deanes. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services Team 

Link: Video recording

Items
No. Item

8/19

Apologies for absence and substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor A Court.

9/19

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

10/19

Urgent matters

To consider any items of business, other than those shown on this agenda and which, by reason of special circumstances to be stated at the meeting, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters.

11/19

Minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 208 KB

The Chair will move that the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record. The only part of the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 1 July 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

12/19

Gambling Act 2005 Policy Review pdf icon PDF 717 KB

Contact Officer: Robert Draper

This report provides members with guidance on the updated Gambling Statement of Principles which requires approval before going out to consultation.

Minutes:

The Interim Regulatory Services Manager introduced the report which provided the Committee with guidance on the updated Gambling Statement of Principles which required approval for consultation.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Interim Regulatory Services Manager advised that the only significant changes to the policy were to the way that it was formatted and to the section on stakes for the gaming machines which would affect the fixed odds betting terminals. 

 

The Committee acknowledged that the growth of the industry was mostly online which was out of the Councils remit.

 

The Interim Regulatory Services Manager agreed to amend the following errors in the draft policy.

 

·         Reference should be made to the Licensing Committee and not Licensing Panel.

 

·         The asterisks on page 41 of the report should be removed.

 

·         The reference to item 9.3 of the report on page 53 should be removed.

 

It was questioned whether the section in the policy which referred to Category C machines should read “should be located so that it can be observed by staff” rather than “can be observed by staff” The Interim Regulatory Services Manager advised that members of staff did not need to be present but that the machines were observed by CCTV cameras.

 

Some members questioned the cumulative impact of having a large number of betting shops in one area and whether it was possible for the Council to stop them if it was felt that there were too many in one area. The Regulatory Services Manager advised that the Council would only be able to refuse such an application if there was evidence against, such as a vulnerable premises nearby.

 

Some members also questioned how many gambling establishments were located within the borough and whether any betting shops had closed down. The Committee were advised that across the borough there we no more than a dozen betting shops and amusement arcades combined and that there had been a merger between coral and Ladbrokes at the top of the town which had resulted in one less betting shop in the area.

 

Resolved: The Licensing Committee;

 

1.    note the contents of the report

 

2.    approve the revised Gambling Statement of Principles for consultation

 

3.    delegate authority to the Head of Environmental Services in consultation with the Head of Legal and Governance to make any minor changes or typographical corrections to the policy

 

13/19

Licensing Update pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Contact Officer: Sophy Brough

The Licensing Team are currently undergoing a number of projects and changes in order to facilitate the Shared Licensing Service.  The Licensing Team Leader and Regulatory Services Manager have been keeping the Licensing Committee up to date with these changes with a series of verbal updates delivered at Licensing Committee.

 

Minutes:

The Licensing Team Leader gave a verbal update to the Committee and explained that the Hart Licensing team (three members of staff) had recently moved to the Basingstoke Council offices and that aside from some initial IT issues everything had gone well.

 

The Licensing Team Leader advised that the Gambling policy that had been discussed earlier in the meeting was the first of the policies that were due to be approved as a shared policy with Hart Council. The Taxi and Private Hire policy would also be reviewed shortly, she further explained that work was being carried out to move the Hart District Council data set to the Basingstoke system so that the Hart officers could work off of one single database.

 

Resolved: The Committee notes the Licensing Update.

14/19

Matters dealt with by the Sub-Committee for noting

Hearing Date

Type

Private or attached

30/07/2019

Appeal against refusal to renew private hire driver licence.

Private

 

Minutes:

The Committee notes the decision notices.