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Merkur Slots 53 Sydenham Road SE26 5EY pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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1.    Merkur Slots UK Limited has applied for the grant of a new Bingo Premises Licence at 53 Sydenham Road, SE26 5EY (“the Premises”).


2.    The application was for the grant of a Bingo Premises Licence Mondays to Sundays 24 hours a day.



3.    Relevant representations were received seventy-nine local residents on the grounds that granting the application would not meet the objective of upholding 2 of the 3 licensing objectives, namely 1) to prevent gambling from being a source of crime & disorder and 2) to protect children & other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling. .


4.    The Licensing Committee held a hearing on 14 May 2024 to consider the application.  A solicitor spoke on behalf of the Applicant.  A resident, Councillor for the Sydenham Ward (representing a number of residents who had made written representations) and a representative from the Sydenham Society attended to make oral representations to the committee.



5.    In making its decision the Committee has considered all of the papers contained in the report pack together with the submissions and evidence presented by all parties at the hearing.  The committee has also considered the Council’s own Statement of Licensing Policy, Guidance and Codes of Practice issued by the Gambling Commission  and has ensured that its decision is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives.


6.    The Committee’s decision is to grant the application subject to the following:


a.     an amendment to default condition 18.24 to read “Bingo facilities in bingo premises may not be offered between the hours of midnight and 9am” removing the wording “However, there are no restrictions on access to gaming machines in bingo premises”.

b.    The addition of the following conditions:


                                          i.    The Premises to close between the hours of midnight to 9 a.m. Mondays to Sundays

                                        ii.    The premises shall not provide gambling facilities between the hours of midnight and 9 a.m. Mondays to Sundays



7.    The reasons for the Committee’s decision are as follows:


a.    The Committee was concerned by the representations raised by local residents in connection with the third licensing objective, persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.  The Committee referred to its own Statement of Licensing Policy to consider the definition of “vulnerable person”, paragraph 6.2, and accepted the representations did relate to categories of people who could properly be identified as vulnerable persons in the local community.


b.    A range of representations were made concerning the impact the granting of the application for 24 hours would have particularly on vulnerable people in the community.  The Committee remained concerned that the Premises would present a risk to vulnerable people in the community and in particular after midnight when other licensed premises in the area would be closed.  The Committee heard evidence and read in the hearing pack that the Premises would offer customers coffee and tea when visiting and again operating 24 hours a day would make the Premises attractive to vulnerable customers where all other licensed, and non-licensed,  ...  view the full decision text for item 3.