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Items
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1.

FILMING OF MEETINGS

The Chair will ask if anyone, including members of the press and public, is recording the meeting, and will advise of any requests received from members of the press and public who do not wish to be recorded.

 

A summary of the Council’s protocol on the filming of meetings is  ...  view the full agenda text for item 1.

Minutes:

There were no requests for filming of the meeting.

2.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

Councillor Kieran Falconer was appointed as Chair for the Sub-Committee meeting.

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Khevyn Limbajee.

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests they or their spouse/partner may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting. Interests are defined on the inside cover of this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

5.

PROCEDURE OF GAMBLING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 15 KB

Minutes:

The Legal Adviser explained the procedure of the Gambling Sub-Committee.

6.

PADDY POWER, 377 HIGH ROAD, LEYTON LONDON E10 5NA pdf icon PDF 659 KB

Decision:

The Sub Committee considered the Application in closed session. It then recalled all parties and announced its decision to REJECT the application by the Applicants for a premises licence.

 

The Sub Committee took the following into account when reaching its decision:

Minutes:

The Gambling Act Sub-Committee heard an application made on behalf of Paddy Power for a Premises Licence under Section 159 of the Gambling Act 2005.  Councillor Falconer was appointed Chair.  Councillor Limbajee sent his apologies.

 

The Applicant was represented by Gerald Gouriet, QC.  The Council as Licensing Authority was represented by Susan Leacock. The Responsible Authority making a representation was: David King on behalf of the Licensing Service.

 

There were oral presentations as follows:

  • David King for the Licensing Service as Responsible Authority;
  • Gerald Gouriet, QC for the Applicant;
  • Susan Leacock for the Council as Licensing Authority;

 

The Sub-Committee, the Applicant and the Responsible Authority were all able to raise questions after each presentation.

 

The Sub Committee considered the Application in closed session. It then recalled all parties and announced its decision to REJECT the application by the Applicants for a premises licence.

 

The Sub Committee took the following into account when reaching its decision:

  • The Committee Report and its appendices;
  • The brochure submitted by the Applicant ahead of the hearing
  • Oral representations and questions and answers of the parties listed above;

 

The Sub-Committee also considered the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005, in particular, the provisions of S153, the guidance and relevant code of practice issued by the Gambling Commission, the licensing objectives, in particular, preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime, and the Council’s Statement of Principles.

 

The Sub-Committee noted that the general presumption under s 153 is to grant a licence.  There are currently four betting premises operating within a 0.5 mile radius of the premises.

 

The committee were concerned that Leyton Ward has a higher than average number of offences with the most common being  theft and handling (43%) and violence against the person (20%) and that granting the licence would only exacerbate this situation. 

 

The Sub-Committee did not feel that, having regard to the relevant guidance and the (Mandatory and Default Conditions) 2007, there were any conditions that they could impose which would mitigate this  and were of the view that a Paddy Power office in this location would cause an increase in crime and disorder.

 

There is a right of appeal against this decision to Thames Magistrates Court, 58 Bow Road, London, E34DJ within 21 days beginning with the date of receiving notice of the decision against which the appeal is brought.