Sefton Council wants to hear residents’ views on its revised Licensing and Gambling policies which will come into effect later this year.
The local authority is responsible for regulating pubs, clubs, late night takeaways, gambling and gaming premises and activities, including casinos, bingo premises, betting shops and gaming machine arcades across the borough.
The policies can be viewed here
Under regulations, Sefton Council is required to publish a policy statement which forms the basis for deciding any applications submitted. The authority is now consulting on a revision to its existing policy and is asking people to give their views and opinions on both policies by April 2, 2018.
The Gambling Act of 2005 has three objectives: Preventing gambling from being a source of crime, ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
The Licensing Act of 2003 has four objectives: ensuring public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.
Cllr John Kelly, Sefton’s Council’s Chair of Licensing & Regulatory Committee said:
“We are consulting with operators and businesses in both the licensed and gambling trades but we also want the views of local residents.
“Any opinions on either trade, including on how we can meet each Act’s objectives are welcome and people can write or email us.
“Both draft revised policies is currently available in local libraries and on the Sefton Council website.”
People wanting to register their views should send them in writing to: Kevin Coady, Senior Licencing Officer, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.