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                     NEWS RELEASE
PR 2253
                                                                                     6 August 2009

For Immediate Release

      Consultation on gambling and small casino policy gets
                           underway
Information on how the Small Casino Premises Licence application process will be
undertaken has been included in Torbay Council's draft ‘Statement of Principles’, which
has been formally published today for public consultation and comment.


Under the Gambling Act 2005 the council is required to publish a ‘Statement of Principles’
every three years, outlining the procedures it intends to follow in discharging its statutory
responsibilities under the act. It includes guidelines for a wide variety of organisations
including adult gaming centres, bingo premises, licensed family entertainment centres,
betting premises and travelling fairs.


The public document will also include details on the application process for the small
casino premises licence, including the bidding criteria. Torbay will hold a bidding process
based on guidelines provided by the Government in due course, but a decision on when
the advert to invite applications is placed has yet to be made.


Torbay Council's regeneration arm, Torbay Development Agency, successfully bid to be
one of 16 areas in the UK to be given the opportunity to host a new casino. New
regulations brought into force in 2008 specify that Torbay Council can now offer a licence
for a small casino between 550 and 1,500 square metres which is estimated to generate
around 200 jobs and bring £7million into the Bay.




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Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Community Engagement, Councillor Louisa
Aiton, said: "The council takes its responsibility for licensing very seriously. The protection
of and support for the most vulnerable people is critical and will form a significant part of
appraising possible operators during the tendering stage for the small casino.


"We have always seen our casino bid as fitting in closely with a wide range of regeneration
initiatives to make Torbay a more exciting place to live. It really puts Torbay on the map
with the potential to attract significant investment and jobs into the area offering a range of
entertainment and dining as well as carefully managed gambling opportunities."


The draft ‘Statement of Principles’ is now subject to a statutory 12 week consultation
period and any comments will be considered by the council before the finalised ‘Statement
of Principles’ is published.


It can be inspected on Torbay Council's website at
www.torbay.gov.uk/gamblingpolicy2010consultation or at Torbay Council Libraries and
Connections offices.


Any written comment or representation should be made before 27th October 2009, via any
of the contact options listed below:
Post: Steve Cox, Principal Safety & Licensing Officer, Licensing Section, Roebuck House,
Torquay. TQ2 5EJ
Facsimile:    01803 208854
E-mail:       gamblingconsultation@torbay.gov.uk
Internet:     www.torbay.gov.uk/gamblingpolicy2010consultation




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Notes for editors




For further information please contact: Michelle Pierce , Communications Officer on
01803 208850.




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