Basildon gambling licensing policy public consultation launched

Basildon Council has launched a consultation in relation to its draft gambling licensing statement and is inviting comments.

As the licensing authority for the borough, the council has a legal obligation to determine a local policy relation to the Gambling Act 2005. The council’s current policy is due to expire and must be reviewed and re-adopted prior to January 2022 for the next three years.

The Gambling Act 2005 relates to premises licences for gambling establishments such as betting shops, amusement arcades and permits, and permissions for gambling machines and small society lotteries.

Chairman of the Licensing Committee, Councillor Daniel Lawrence, said: “As a Licensing Authority, the council plays a vital role in protecting the vulnerable whilst supporting local businesses.

“This draft policy demonstrates how we’re trying to regulate in a fair way, and how we want to support those we regulate to comply and grow. Please complete our consultation and share your views – they will certainly be taken into account and any appropriate amendments to the draft document will be made.”

Residents and businesses can complete the consultation survey at: www.basildon.gov.uk/licensingconsultation

The consultation period for the policy will end on October 30.

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