Gambling Act 2005

Licensing Policy Review 2019-22

We are interested to hear from you if you have any views on premises based gambling in Aylesbury Vale.  Premises based gambling includes betting shops, bingo, adult gaming centres and the provision of gaming machines in pubs and clubs.

The Council, acting as Licensing Authority, together with the Gambling Commission and providers of gambling facilities, have responsibility for promoting the following objectives:

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The Council’s policy sets out the principles that will be applied when exercising its functions under the Gambling Act 2005.  The policy must be reviewed at least every three years, with the latest version due to be published by January 2019.  A draft version of the revised policy is available on the Council’s website.

The revised policy emphasises the importance of risk assessments and the promotion of the above objectives.   Operators of licensed gambling premises are required to carryout a local assessment to determine whether in light of their activities additional steps need to be taken to help promote the above objectives.  In order to assist with this assessment the Council intends to prepare and publish a Local Area Profile (LAP) to highlight local risk factors. 

The Council welcomes any comments you wish to make about the content of the draft policy or the proposed Local Area Profile.  You can respond by email or writing to us at the following address:

Licensing Service,
Aylesbury Vale District Council,
The Gateway,
Gatehouse Road,
Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire,
HP19 8FF

Please be aware that due to legal restraints there are certain matters that we can not consider when formulating policy, which includes objections to gambling facilities on moral, economic or planning grounds. 

The deadline for comments is the 31 August 2018.

What happens next?

Following the deadline, all comments received will be published in a publically available report.  The report will be considered by the Council before a final new version of the gambling policy is adopted.  The new gambling policy will be published in January 2019.

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