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13.

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 13.

Minutes:

There was no request made for filming.

14.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

Councillor Kieran Falconer was appointed Chair for this hearing.

15.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

There were no apologies or substitute members.

16.

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.

17.

PROCEDURE OF GAMBLING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 15 KB

18.

WILLIAM HILL,28 CHURCH LANE, LEYTONSTONE, LONDON E11 1HG pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Application for a Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005.

Additional documents:

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.

 

Minutes:

On 12 December 2013 at 11.30 am, the Gambling Act Sub-Committee heard an application made on behalf of William Hill for a Premises Licence under Section 159 of the Gambling Act 2005.  Councillor Falconer was appointed Chair. 

 

The Applicant was represented by Richard Taylor Gosschalks Solicitors.  The Council as Licensing Authority was represented by Marc Witham. The Responsible Authority making a representation was: David King on behalf of the Licensing Service,  Other parties were Councillor Clyde Loakes  and Councillor Marie Pye Ward Councillors  and Michael James Russell, Rosemary Warrington, Amy Willshire, Maureen Okoye.

 

There were oral presentations as follows:

  • David King for the Licensing Service as Responsible Authority;
  • Richard Taylor Gosschalks Solicitors,  for the Applicant;
  • Marc Witham for the Council as Licensing Authority;
  • Councillors Clyde Loakes, and Marie Pye Ward Councillors who made a representation.
  • and Michael James Ruseel, Rosemary Warrington, Amy Willshire, Maureen Okoye who made representations.

 

 

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

 

The Sub Committee then went on to consider 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. I therefore enclose the statutory notice of rejection the Council is required to issue under the Gambling Act 2005 (Premises Licences and Provisional Statements) Regulations 2007.

 

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 proposed site was directly opposite Leytonstone Tube Station and within the Leytonstone Cumulative Impact Policy area and Alcohol Restriction Zone, both of which were implemented due to high levels of alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour in the area The committee were concerned that there were currently five betting premises within an approximate ½ mile radius of the proposed site, with a further two premises located just outside this distance.

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 William Hill office in this location would cause an increase in crime and disorder and would  not meet the licencing objective of Protecting of Children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.