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NOTED there were no declarations of interest in respect of the item on the agenda.
Application for a New Premises Licence – Bingo.
RECEIVED the application made by Amuse 2016 Ltd for a new bingo premises licence at the premises situated at Shipleys, 45-47 South Mall, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, London N9 0TT.
1. The introduction by Ellie Green, Principal Licensing Officer, including:
a. The application was for a new bingo premises licence, by Amuse 2016 Ltd for a premises to be known as Shipleys at 45-47 South Mall, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.
b. The premises had not previously had a licence, having been an electrical and furniture store within the shopping centre.
c. The application sought to open within the default conditions under the Gambling Act 2005 and effectively the operating hours were 09:00 to 00:00 daily.
d. The responsible authorities were consulted in respect of the application. The Licensing Authority and Metropolitan Police made initial representations seeking conditions to be added to the bingo premises licence. The applicant agreed those conditions and both representations were subsequently withdrawn. The agreed conditions were set out in Annex 3 of the officers’ report, along with the mandatory and default conditions attaching to bingo premises licences.
e. Representations were received from two interested parties, who were local residents. The first, referred to as IP1, represented Pennine House, a block of flats in close proximity to the premises. The interested parties believe the application does not support the licensing objectives. The representations were set out in Annex 2 of the report.
f. IP1 was present at this hearing. Officers had not received a response from IP2.
g. Mr Jim Shipley and Mr Michael Shipley were present as applicants, and were represented by Mr Paddy Whur, solicitor. Also present was Mr Byron Evans who prepared the local gambling risk assessment. The agent Mr Roger Etchells would possibly join the meeting in due course.
h. The licensing objectives under the Gambling Act 2005 were highlighted:
. Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
. Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way;
. Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
i. As per Section 153 of the Act, the aim was to permit the use of premises for gambling as set out in paragraph 5.3 of the officers’ report.
j. Further policy and guidance was set out in paragraphs 5.4 to 5.12 of the report.
2. The statement by Mr Paddy Whur, on behalf of the applicant, including:
a. This was a family-run company, and they had an operating licence from the Gambling Commission. They were also members of the Bingo Association and of Bacta.
b. All systems were in place to not infringe the licensing objectives, and best practice was followed.
c. They currently traded in 20 venues across the UK and had also traded at 14 former sites.
d. They had never had a negative interaction with responsible authorities, never had a negative impact on ... view the full minutes text for item 3.