Have your say: don’t leave it to chance

Published Friday, 20th January 2017

Have your say - Gambling Licensing Policy

Those wishing to put forward their view about the Council’s new draft Gambling Licensing Policy should get in touch before the closing date on January 29th 2017.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is asking for views on its draft policy in line with the Gambling Act 2005, requiring the Licensing Authority to prepare and publish a statement of the principles.

The Act dictates that The Gambling Commission and Local Licensing Authorities share responsibility for all gambling matters including:

  • The prevention of gambling being a source of crime or disorder;
  • Ensuring gambling is carried out in a fair and open way; and
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The proposed new policy includes the requirement that all new applicants, and those who apply to vary their premises licences, must carry out a risk assessment regarding how their proposals will impact the local area.

The draft policy can be downloaded via this link www.southend.gov.uk/gamblingconsultation.

Cllr Flewitt said “We welcome the views of the public on this matter to complete an extensive and thorough review of this policy. These should be in writing, and will need to be received by January 29th 2017.”

Representations can be emailed to licact2003@southend.gov.uk or mailed to:

Gambling Consultation
The Licensing Authority,
Southend Borough Council,
Civic Centre,
Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea,
SS2 6ZG