[C]arlisle City Council is currently undertaking a review of its statement of Gambling Policy under the Gambling Act 2005 and is consulting with the Police and other interested parties.
As part of the review the council is taking the opportunity to invite residents and businesses on their opinion on how gambling licences should be managed. A draft version of the policy has been produced and the period of consultation will continue for a 10-week period. This period runs between Friday 6 July and Friday 14 September 2018.
The Gambling Act 2005 introduced sweeping changes in the licensing of gambling and transferred authority from the Magistrates Courts’ to local authorities. The changes meant that:
- The Gambling Commission license operating and personal licences; and
- Local Authorities license the premises.
Carlisle City Council last published its Statement of Gambling Policy in 2016; this lasted for a period of three years and is now up for review.
Cllr Les Tickner, Portfolio holder for Finance, Governance and Resources, said: “The council takes its responsibility as the licensing authority in Carlisle very seriously. We want people to give us their views and comments on the draft policy. Have you say and send any responses in by Friday 14 September 2018.”
Copies of the draft policy and consultation forms are available on the council’s website, and from the reception area at the Civic Centre in Carlisle. Any comments should be submitted in writing to Nicola Edwards, Licensing Manager, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Carlisle CA3 8QG or by emailing [email protected] to be received no later than Friday 14 September 2018.