Better way to make a change

Have your say

RESIDENTS will be able to punt their own views on a policy that governs gambling.

Starting from November 30 for 12 weeks, people can have their say on licensing rules across County Durham as Durham County Council carries out a review.

The existing policy sets out a number of rules which help to guide the decisions made on licence applications for gaming and betting facilities, which include bingo halls, betting offices, adult gaming centres, licensed family entertainment centres and small society lotteries.

It also covers permits for prize giving and gaming machines in pubs and clubs.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection with the council, said: “Every three years we are required to review our policy and we would very much welcome any comments from members of the public and interested parties.”

The consultation will be considered by its General Licensing and Registration Committee and the new policy in force from January, with more information available at