LGA lobbies over gambling laws

The Local Government Association (LGA) is to lobby for increased powers for councils following the publication of the Government’s Gambling Bill this week.

While the LGA has been consulted on the bill before, local government experts warn provisions must be put in place as the bill goes through Parliament to make sure councils can stop casinos opening if they are believed to pose a public nuisance.

An LGA spokesman said: ‘There could be noise and nuisance from people coming out of the buildings at all times of the day as well as transport issues and the additional social consequences of gambling such as debt. We need to make sure that the loopholes in the bill are not exploited.’

Further concerns about the bill revolve around fee levels and licensing committees. Yet the LGA recognises many councils will want to take advantage of the investment potential.

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