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Have your say on changes to gambling laws

Archived press release

Date Published: 07/07/06

Aylesbury Vale District Council is inviting people to help shape its policy on gambling laws. The Gambling Act 2005, which will come fully into effect from 1 September 2007, will replace most of the existing laws relating to gambling in Great Bri...

Aylesbury Vale District Council is inviting people to help shape its policy on gambling laws.

The Gambling Act 2005, which will come fully into effect from 1 September 2007, will replace most of the existing laws relating to gambling in Great Britain.

Responsibility for betting, casino gaming and bingo premises will transfer to local authorities from local licensing justices and in other areas, such as lotteries and gaming machines, the law has been updated.

The newly created Gambling Commission will have overall responsibility for the regulation of gambling, including the issuing of operator and personal licences. Local authorities will be responsible for the provision of premises licences.

Under the new legislation, a premises licence or a permit will be required for any premises where gambling is going to take place, in addition to operator and personal licences issued by the Gambling Commission. Applications can be made as of 31 January 2007.

The council has prepared a draft ‘statement of principles’ as a policy, which sets out how the council will manage and enforce this new responsibility, and is now seeking the views of those that may be affected by or otherwise have an interest in the licensing policy statement. All comments must be received by 22 September 2006.

Councillor Michael Edmonds, Cabinet Member for Housing, Environment and Health, said: “The Gambling Act will affect anyone involved with casinos, bingo halls, betting premises, local lotteries and gaming machines. The draft policy sets out in general terms how the council intends to regulate these activities and how we are going to deal with applications for licences.

“We are intending to consult as widely as possible with existing stakeholders and are writing directly to them but if any member of the public wishes to see a copy of the draft policy they may do so. The comments we receive will help the council draw up an effective policy for licensing and regulating gambling in the future.”

A copy of the draft gambling policy is available on the council’s website www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk and comments and representations can be made on-line by following the link on the home page. Copies of the draft policy will also be available at the council’s area offices in Aylesbury, Buckingham and Winslow.

For further information, or to discuss the draft policy, please contact the council’s licensing team on 01296 585560/585502 or email licensing@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Contact information

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01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk