Monday, June 19, 2006

Fancy a Flutter?

Local people are being encouraged to give their views on how betting offices, casinos, bingo halls, fruit machines and amusement arcades should be licensed in the future.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the responsibility for licensing these premises will transfer from the Magistrates Courts to Thanet Council in 2007. Before this can happen, Thanet Council needs to prepare a policy document, setting out how the Council will make decisions under the new Act. The document will also explain how the Council will promote the three objectives of the Act, which are to prevent crime and disorder, ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way and protecting children and vulnerable people from harm.

Thanet Council has drawn up its draft policy document and is now asking local people and businesses who may be affected to give their views.

Cllr. John Kirby, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “This document will set out how Thanet Council will licence places like casinos, bingo halls, fruit machines and amusement arcades in the future, so it’s important to get local residents’ and businesses’ views on this. Thanet is certainly unique in Kent, in that we have already had casinos here for the past 30 years. Therefore, whereas the debate in many other parts of the country is around the introduction of casinos, here we can focus on the issues that the Gambling Act sets out to address, such as ensuring that there is adequate protection in place for children and vulnerable people.”

The public consultation runs until 31 August 2006 and the document can be found on the Council’s website at


Anonymous said...

Do not allow any more arcades in or around Thanet. Actually, why not get rid of the ones that are there?! They attract the wrong sort of people, make the area look like a dates tacky seed hole, and generally are used by the sort of people who can't afford a flutter and should be working!

Anonymous said...

I hope TDC will take this opportunity, together with the responsibilities for anti-social behaviour and provision of leisure facilities, to considerably tighten up the lax or non-existant controls which have pertained until now for arcades and fruit machines, especially regarding the dens of iniquity found along Margate Sea front.

This is an opportunity to start the clean up and set an example, so that the young thugs that appear to be attracting a great deal of attention, both on this site and generally, begin to take note that our society is not going to relinquish control to them.

Anonymous said...

There's a nasty little den on Northdown Road that needs closing as well; hopefully its time is up.