Council launches public consultation over betting shop laws

As part of Sefton Council’s licensing duties, it is seeking the views of residents across the Borough on how it implements gambling laws at businesses such as betting shops.

A public consultation will run from Monday 8th February to Monday 5th April. The Council’s Licensing Unit will be seeking the views of local businesses with gambling licenses, as well as key partners including police and Public Health colleagues and members of the community.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Council is the Licensing Authority for processing certain gambling applications. This means that a Statement of Licensing Policy must be in place, and reviewed every three years, to show specifically how the Council understands the law.
As the policy is up for review, people interested in submitting their views are encouraged to take part in the consultation. All comments will be collated, and as a result, changes will be suggested to the draft policy.

Cllr John Kelly, Chair of Sefton Council’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said:
“Sefton, like all local authorities, has a duty to periodically review its licensing policies. This is an opportunity for not just the owners of gambling businesses to submit their views, but for anyone across Sefton to find out more about how we process gambling licenses and how they feel our policy could be amended.

“Please take the time to read about the proposed policy and tell us what you think about it.”

People can take part on the Your Sefton Your Say website.

Alternatively, those wishing to offer their views who do not have access to the online consultation, can contact the Licensing Unit via email or by calling 0345 140 0845.

The Council will try to meet any other requirements that anyone may have that will allow them to engage in the consultation process.

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