Council Seeking Opinions On Gambling

town hall 11The Council won’t consider any application to open a casino in Scilly. But they will look at horse tracks, boxing matches and motor racing events.

These guidelines were presented to members of the Licensing Committee on Thursday.

They’re documented in the new ‘Statement of Principles’ on gambling, which every local authority in the UK has to produce by law – even if it’s highly unlikely that most of the activities would ever happen here on the islands.

The 43-page document also covers how the Council would regulate betting shops, amusement arcades and bingo halls.

More relevant to the islands though are the measures put in place to protect children and vulnerable adults from excessive gambling, such as through gaming machines in pubs.

The Gambling Commission recently published data showing gambling in the 18-35 year age group had almost doubled nationally since 2008, particularly through online methods.

There’s a proposal for the Council to renew its ‘No Casino Resolution,’ effectively a blanket ban on any casinos opening in Scilly.

They’ll ask the Full Council to vote on that in December.

But before that, they want your views on the proposals during a consultation period, which opened last Thursday and runs until 4th September.

You’re being asked whether the correct rules and regulations are being put in place, not whether there’s a need for any particular activity or if it’s morally right or wrong.

The Council will also be talking to the islands’ licence holders as well as organisations representing those affected by gambling, such as Gamblers Anonymous, the NHS and Cornwall Samaritans.



5 Responses to Council Seeking Opinions On Gambling

  1. fran grottick July 29, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Consultation may cost money, but CIOS , as other Councils, has a duty to consult(Gambling Act 2005)
    I would recognise that, in this case, many of our visitors find what we do not have a part of the attraction.
    I don’t envisage being asked to vote on casino provision anytime soon.
    Best wishes Fran

  2. pete July 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Council seeking opinions on gambling. Are they not gambling with our money.

  3. Jeff Eastick July 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Cannot agree more , Isabel. It would alienate the demographic that Scilly needs to keep on board .

  4. Isabel Brooks July 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Are you mad? Betting shops..! In your beautiful town? What people do on line, or become addicted to, in their own homes is, if harmless to others, a mostly private affair. But to inflict casinos, arcades and betting shops on to St Marys streets would be regrettable from many angles.

  5. chris evans July 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Perhaps people shoukd speak to the cornwall council licencing like other local establishments do , they seem to have got around some licencing issues as it says., cornwall and isles of scilly licencing