In accordance with Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005, we prepared and approved a statement of the principles we proposes to apply in exercising our functions under the Act.

In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, notice is now given that the statement was approved by us on 24 January 2013, published on the 1 January 2016 and will come into effect on 1 February 2016.

Copies of this may be inspected at the Council licensing offices.

Consultations

We currently have one current draft policy statement out for consultation, our Statement of Gambling Policy. We are updating this policy in line with the Gambling Commissions Guidance. The policy outlines the way we, as the licensing authority, implements the legislation.

To send us your feedback you will need to:

Please send your feedback on the policy to us by emailing licensing@medway.gov.uk or in writing to the Licensing Unit: Licensing, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR.

If you're sending feedback on behalf of others, please include a summary of the people and organisation that you represent.

All responses must be received by Monday 4 June 2018 these responses will then be taken into account in the revised Policy. Full Council will then consider the revised Policy on 11 October 2018 for publication and adoption.

Statement of Licensing Policy

The Licensing Act 2003 requires us, as the Licensing Authority, to determine and publish our Statement of Licensing Policy at least every five years, to keep it under review and make such revisions to it, as considered appropriate. The policy has several aims and sets out how we approach our licensing responsibilities and aims to promote the four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003.