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DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Members to declare any interests as appropriate in respect of items to be considered at this meeting.
20.1 There were no declarations of interest.
It was RESOLVED:
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2021 be confirmed and signed as a true record.
TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF PETITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S PETITION SCHEME
22.1 None received.
QUESTIONS BY COUNCILLORS
23.1 None received.
Report from the Licensing Team attached.
Katherine Green, Licensing Officer presented Paper BLR/21/11 to the Committee. The Licensing Officer referred to the amendments to the report and revised options and recommendation contained in the tabled addendum.
The report asked the Committee to note the evidence base research contained within the report in regard to a ‘No Casino’ resolution, under section 166 of the Gambling Act 2005, and to consider whether a ‘No Casino’ resolution should be recommended to Council or whether no action should be taken.
During the questions from members, the Licensing Officer confirmed that there had never been any applications for a casino in the Babergh area. The Chair further confirmed that the full allocation for casinos has been granted and that it would need a suitable economic climate and the political will of government for the Secretary of State to lay legislation for a further allocation of casinos.
During the debate, it was further confirmed that there would be a requirement for Babergh to bid on such an allocation if another provision of casinos were ever to become available.
Nigel Dulieu, Legal Advisor and Cassandra Clements, Assistant Director outlined the three Options in the tabled addendum.
Cllr Cresswell PROPOSED Option 3, and this was SECONDED by Councillor Ayres.
By a unanimous vote,
It was RESOLVED:
That in considering the evidence, the Licensing and Regulatory Committee are of the opinion that no action should be taken regarding this matter.