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5.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Barnett was appointed Chair for the meeting.

 

6.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

None received.

 

7.

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.

 

8.

PROCEDURE OF GAMBLING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Minutes:

The Legal Officer outlined the procedure for the hearing as set out in the circulated paper.

 

9.

BETFRED, 857 HIGH ROAD, LEYTON, E10 pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Application for Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered an application made by Done Brothers (Cash Betting) T/A Betfred for the grant of a premises license for the premises known as Betfred, 857 High Road Leyton London E10 7AA.

 

The Licensing Officer introduced his report and explained that the hearing had been convened to consider representations received against the grant of the licence in accordance with powers delegated by the Council. The Sub-Committee was asked to determine the application and in doing so to take such steps as it considered necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives set out in Section 1 of the Gambling Act 2005.

 

Applicant

 

The Sub-Committee was addressed by Mark Owen on behalf of the applicant.

 

Mr Owen highlighted relevant parts of the statement, the size of organization, experience of trading in difficult areas of London and UK. Betfred had endorsement in acquiring tote. William Hill’s representation in that location indicated that there was no problem with existing betting shops in the immediate area.

 

He said that Betfred did not accept that saturation point had been raised.  William Hill had three shops in the vicinity and did not perceive any regulatory problems. There were genuine concerns about the existing shops, but if they were indeed a source of crime and disorder, the responsible authorities could make an application for a review.   However, no such application for review has ever been made, without this tipping point being raised there are insufficient grounds for a refusal.  Referring to paragraph 7 of the report it was stated that Betfred have very successful liaison with the police in other areas of London. In regard to paragraph 8 of the report, the applicant was willing to consider particular conditions but have made a separate submission.  With regard to paragraph 9 of the report, Betfred consider that the problems are site specific and associate with particular operators, such as Paddy power at the Bakers Arms where they had 32 call outs.  From October to April there were 185 (not 85 as in statement) calls and 110 crime reports, but none were from High Road betting shops.  The Sub-Committee could conclude that this enterprise would be like Ladbrokes rather than Paddy Power, but cannot necessarily conclude that this will result in an increase in crime. 

 

Mr Owen stated that Betfred did not expect there to be more people betting or the same people betting more, if there are 6 or 7 licences the overall level of activity would be the same.  He said that similarly there would be no undermining of the policy objective of protecting children and vulnerable persons, and that other issues are outside the scope of the Sub-Committee’s decision making remit.

 

Questions from the Sub-Committee

 

PC Willcox said that only since SNT had been on board that these issues had emerged, and admitted that not enough work was done in terms of a review application in consultation with the licensing authority, and would seek to address the Sub-Committee’s concerns on this. 

 

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