On the 16th March 2021 the Licensing
Sub-Committee were asked to consider an application for a Bingo
Premises Licence, made by Cashino
were introduced by the Senior Governance Officer. The
Council’s Solicitor introduced the matter at hand. The
Officer – Licensing summarised the main points set out in the
On 23 December 2020 an application was received from
Poppleston Allen solicitors acting as
agent for the applicant, Cashino Gaming
Limited. for the grant of a bingo premises licence in respect of
22A-23 The Cross, Worcester.
All required documents were provided with the application, along
with proof of the payment of the fee and a certificate of service
of the application on the responsible authorities.
The applicant confirmed the required public notice was displayed
at the premises. The application was advertised in the local press
as required by the Gambling Act 2005.
Limited hold an operating licence issued by the Gambling Commission
entitling them to provide bingo games from a premises open to the
public. This was confirmed online at the Gambling Commission
website. The application for the licence has been properly made and
consultation carried out as required by the Gambling
The Chair invited the applicant’s Legal Counsel, Mr Philip
Kolvin QC, to make representations on
behalf of his client. He provided the following points in
No objections had been received from any responsible
Cashing Gambling Ltd (CGL) are one of the most
experienced providers in the business of running licensed gambling
premises, and are licensed by the Gambling Commission
CGL have 190 premises and have never been reviewed
by the Gambling Commission. They have regular audits and mystery
CGL premises rarely generate incidents of disorder.
In the event of any issues, central control staff have instant
video and audio access to individual premises.
CGL are entitled to serve alcohol, and to admit
children to their premises, but choose to do neither.
CGL make no presumptions about their choice of
location and base their choice purely on merit.
If granted, the new premises would be subject to
extensive legal conditions and regulations, and specific rigorous
standards set by the Gambling Commission.
CGL manage their sites carefully, having central
oversight of their premises, regular mystery shopping, risk
assessments and staff training.
The representations made by interested parties refer
to concerns about the premises being a source of crime and
disorder. Experience has shown that the other 190 CGL premises have
not been, and police have not expressed any concerns regarding the
application. Were there to be any future issues, a review can be
brought back to the Sub Committee. Cashless procedures mean there
is very little risk of robbery.
The Sub Committee is asked to consider if it has
been demonstrated that the application is damaging to licensing
objectives. There is nothing to suggest it will harm these
Mr Kolvin QC completed his summary
by commending the application to the Sub-Committee. The Chair
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