Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Watford

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No. Item


Committee membership/ election of a Chair


The Committee and Scrutiny Support Officer confirmed that the sub-committee would comprise Councillors Fahmy, Scudder and Mills.


The sub-committee was asked to elect a Chair for the Hearing.




Councillor Fahmy be elected Chair for the Hearing.



Disclosure of interests (if any)


There were no disclosures of interest.



Application, under the Gambling Act 2005, to provide Category C and Category D gaming machines: Hollywood Bowl, Intu, Charter Place, Watford pdf icon PDF 64 KB

    The Licensing Sub-Committee to determine whether to grant the gaming machine permit application for 4 Category C and 32 Category D gaming machines.

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    Preliminary matters


    There were no preliminary matters raised.


    Facts of the application


    The sub-committee received a report of the Head of Community and Environmental Services.  The Licensing Officer introduced the report and   referred members to Appendix Seven.  She explained that the venue held a Premises Licence to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises and was therefore entitled to apply for the provision of Category C and D gaming machines.  The Licensing Officer referred members to Appendix Two in the report and explained the various gaming machine categories and entitlements as described therein. 


    She advised that the premises was newly built and that Category C machines were only for the use of people aged 18 or over - and that Category D machines may or may not provide for cash prizes.  She informed members that the four Category C machines would be sited in the bar area and would be easily supervised by bar staff; and the reception area was also supervised.


    The Licensing Officer explained that the Watford Borough Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles (paragraph 19.11) required that applications for five or more gaming machines would be determined by a Licensing Sub-Committee.  She informed members that The Hollywood Bowl Original Gaming Company had its own Gaming Machine Code of Practice and that this seemed to be in line with the Gambling Commission’s Code of Practice, its guidance and the Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles.  There appeared to be an underage policy in place and the self-exclusion of individuals.  The company followed the Gambling Commission’s requirements. 


    The Licensing Officer advised that, in making a determination, members should take in to account the Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles and the Gambling Act 2005 requirements.  She informed members that they could either grant the application in full, grant the application but requiring a reduced number or different category of gaming machines (or both) or refuse the application.  She concluded that Members should give reasons for their decision.


    The Chair invited questions of the Licensing officer – there were none.



    Address by the applicant


    The Chair advised that members had read the application and asked that a background to the company be provided and information on how the present application compared to the Watford Woodside site.  The ideas behind the four Category C and thirty two Category D gaming machines would also be useful to the sub-committee.


    The applicant’s legal representative addressed the sub-committee.  Mr Macgregor explained that it was appreciated that the Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles required a hearing in these circumstances and that the policy may have been written, predominantly, in respect of public house type premises.  It may not have taken in to account the original Watford application for the site in Woodside.


    He explained that The Original Bowling Company Limited was the largest company of its kind in the United Kingdom.  It currently operated fifty seven sites – with the present Watford application being the fifty ninth.  He advised that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


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