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Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Alessandra Awolowo, Committee Officer, Democratic Services  020 8496 4862 Email: alessandra.awolowo@walthamforest.gov.uk

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1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

PRESENT:

 

Councillors:

Councillor Raja Anwar

Councillor Kieran Falconer

Councillor Peter Herrington

 

Officers:

Ian Chisnell – Lawyer

Joanna West - Lawyer

Marc Witham – Licensing Officer

Alessandra Awolowo – Committee Officer

 

Applicant (s)

Gavin Dalzell – National Licensing Manager

Julia Palmer – Threthowans Solicitors/JCP Law

Mark Reed – Ladbrokes

Paul Isrewal – Ladbrokes

 

Responsible Authorities

PC Donna Willcox – Metropolitan Police Licensing Officer

PC John Ruby – Lea Bridge Ward SNT

Gary Grant – Barrister, representing Police

Toni Jackson – assistant to Gary Grant

David King – Licensing Manger, LBWF

 

Interested parties

Councillor Afzal Akram – Lea Bridge Ward

Ms Valerie Lewis – representative of local residents

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any personal and/or prejudicial interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

3.

PROCEDURE OF GAMBLING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Minutes:

Ian Chisnell, Lawyer for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, outlined the procedures set out in the agenda papers.

4.

LADBROKES, 356-358 LEA BRIDGE ROAD, LEYTON, E10 pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Application for Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005.

Minutes:

I) Report by the Licensing Officer:

Marc Witham, Licensing Officer, presented the report concerning the grant of a Betting (Other) premises licence at Ladbrokes, 356-358 Lea Bridge Road.

 

The report stated that representations were received from the Licensing Services of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, the Police, Councillor Akram and six interested parties living in the vicinity of the premises. One interested party also submitted a petition containing approximately 250 signatures in support of their representation.

 

The representations opposed the granting of a Betting (Other) premises licence on the grounds of preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder; being associated with crime or disorder; or being used to support crime. and on the grounds of protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. 

 

The Committee were asked to determine whether the licence should be:

a)        granted (subject to conditions) or

b)        rejected 

 

 

II) The case made by the Applicant:

Julia Palmer, the applicants’ representative, stated that they were committed to partnership working and presented conditions offered by the applicant in order to address some of the concerns raised by the responsible Authority and the Interested Parties, should the Sub-Committee decide to grant the licence. The offered conditions were:

 

1)    “CCTV to be installed and maintained to the reasonable requirements of the Police. Images would be made available to the Police or authorised Licensing Authority officers on request (subject to the Data Protection Act 1998). In the event that the CCTV system becomes inoperative, Ladbrokes 24 hours Control Room would take urgent measures to repair the fault at the earliest opportunity”.

Julia Palmer explained that Ladbrokes offered the most sophisticated system in the country and that they were proposing 4 cameras to cover sensitive areas. All of the cameras would be linked to a central control system at head office which is manned 24/7 and there would be an emergency panic button which could be fed through to flying squad if necessary. The CCTV images would be available for 31 days and available to the police on request.

 

2)    “Notices to be displayed at the entrance to, and within, the premises stating that CCTV is in operation”.

Julia Palmer said that these would be prominent and act as a deterrent.

 

3)    “Premises to be fitted with panic and intruder alarms to SSIAB standards and linked to a central monitoring control. A safe staff area would be maintained at all times that the premises were trading”.

Julia Palmer said that there had been no recorded incidents in the past 12 months at the Baker’s Arms branch.

 

4)    “Premises to be fitted with magnetic door locks capable of control by staff from behind the counter”.

Julia Palmer stated that this would prevent someone from entering the premises if they look suspicious or under the influence or have been previously barred. She went on to say that staff have extensive on-going training that will assist in the removal of people and assistance can be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.