The Gambling Act 2005, when introduced, marked a significant change in the way that gambling (betting, gaming and lotteries) was registered throughout England, replacing the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.
The Statement of Principles set out the licensing authorities approach to applications under the Gambling Act regime, and the information it expects applicants to provide, whilst ensuring that an appropriate balance is drawn between the interests of those wishing to provide and take part in legal gambling, and those who might be affected by such activities.
The licensing authority works closely with external agencies, such as the Police, and the Statement of Principles is one of a number of strategies that forms part of a co-ordinated approach to dealing with Community Safety, and Crime and Disorder that may arise from such activities licensed by this authority.
Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (England & Wales) Regulations 2006
A requirement of the Gambling Act 2005 is that each licensing authority revises and re-publishes its statement of principles every three years or sooner if required.
Following our recent review, using the Gambling Commissions 3rd edition Guidance to Local Authorities, the proposed changes are as follows:
- Removal of appendices 6, 7 and 8 as these are reflected in the Gambling Commissions Guidance, and is a duplication of this.
No other changes are proposed at this time to this document.
The full text of the revised draft Statement of Principles is available to download in MS Word format:
Gambling Act 2005 - Draft Statement of Principles
Should you require a paper copy of the revised draft, or current statement of principles, please contact the Licensing offices at Daneshill House, where officers will be more than happy to provide you with these documents.
The document will also be available for inspection during normal office hours at the Customer Service Centre of Stevenage Borough Council, Danestrete, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1HN, and at the following locations during normal office / opening hours:
- Stevenage Central Library, Southgate, Stevenage, SG1 1HD
- Stevenage Old Town Library, 38 High Street, Stevenage, SG1 3EF
- Stevenage Mobile Library
- Reception, Stevenage Borough Council, Daneshill House
Should you wish to comment on any of the proposed changes, we ask that your comments be submitted to email@example.com by submitting a MS Word document to us with your own track changes noted, or by post to:
The Licensing Manager, Stevenage Borough Council, Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage, Herts., SG1 1HN.
All comments must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 26 October 2012.