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Items
No. Item

1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

Councillor Louise Mitchell was appointed as Chair of the Sub-Committee.

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

3.

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.

4.

PROCEDURE OF GAMBLING SUB-COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Minutes:

The procedure of the Gambling Sub-Committee was outlined by the Legal Services representative.

5.

PADDY POWER 620, HIGH ROAD, LEYTONSTONE, E11 3DA pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At 7pm on Monday 6th October, 2014, the Council’s Gambling Act Sub-Committee considered an application made by Power Leisure Bookmakers Limited for a Premises Licence (Betting) in respect of Paddy Power, 620 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3DA under the Gambling Act 2005.

 

Representations had been received from one responsible authority and 34 interested parties opposing the application on the grounds of preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder or being used to support crime and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

 

The Sub-Committee followed the procedure outlined in the Agenda.  Each party presented its case and was questioned by the parties present.  Each party was then allowed to sum up.

 

 

Oral representations were made as follows:

 

·       Gerald Gouriet QC - Counsel on behalf of the Applicants

·       NarinderDhanjal – Development Manager for Power Leisure Bookmakers Limited

·       Susan Ferguson -  Licensing Officer

·       Stanley Lau – Planning Officer (Responsible Authority)

·       Councillor Clyde Loakes – Leytonstone Ward Councillor

·       Councillor Marie Pye – Leytonstone Ward Councillor

·       Philip Herlihy – Leytonstone Resident

 

 

 

Also in attendance was:

·       Brian Minihane – William Hill Bookmakers Limited

 

 

The Gambling Sub-Committee listened to all parties, their representations, the questions and asked questions themselves.  The Sub-Committee also read and considered the complete agenda pack, together with Supplemental evidence in support of the application submitted by Narinder Dhanjal and a petition submitted by Cllr Clyde Loakes consisting of the signatures of 1367 residents from within his Ward.

 

The Gambling Sub-Committee retired to consider the application in closed session.

 

Decision:

 

The Gambling Sub-Committee granted the application.

 

 

 

 

Reasoning for Decision

 

On reaching their decision the Sub-Committee delivered the following reasons which were read to all parties by the Chair:

 

“The Gambling Act Sub-Committee has considered the full agenda pack together with additional material sent in later by the applicant, which includes the Paddy Power application brochure and supplementary evidence in support of the application from Mr Narinder Dhanjal, Development Manager for Power Leisure Bookmakers Limited.

 

We have had sight of a petition of 1367 signatures of local residents in the terms that the undersigned believe:

 

  • “That our town centre in Leytonstone has more than enough betting shops and fixed odd betting terminals.
  • That no evidence or demand exists to support the opening of a new Paddy Power in our town centre in Leytonstone.
  • A Paddy Power betting shop would add to the “clustering” of betting shops and undermine the quality and diversity and the emerging green shoots of recovery of our town centre’s offer
  • The opening of a Paddy Power will lead to a rise in antisocial and criminal behaviour in and around this new betting shop, and
  • That Paddy Power should be called upon to withdraw their application for an outlet at 620, High Road, Leytonstone, which would possibly be the 6th shop in our town centre.”

 

We have heard representations from the Applicant, the Responsible Authority (Planning) and Interested Parties, Councillors Loakes and Pye and Mr Philip  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.