The Council is able to review and replace a gambling policy under the Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Act 2003.
In addition, every decision of a local authority must be made in accordance within the provisions of sections 77, 78, 79, 80, 81 and 82 of the LGA 2002. Section 77 requires the Council to identify all reasonably practicable options for the achievement of the objective of a decision, and to assess those options by considering a number of matters set out in section 77(1) (b). These matters include: the costs and benefits of each option in terms of the present and future interests of the district; and the extent to which each option would promote or achieve community outcomes in an integrated and efficient manner; and the impact of each option on the Council’s capacity to meet present and future needs in relation to any statutory responsibility; and any other matters, that in the opinion of the Council are relevant.
Section 78 sets out the requirement to consider the views and preferences of persons likely to be affected by, or to have an interest in, a matter. Section 79 whilst giving the Council discretion about how best to achieve compliance with sections 77 and 78 requires the Council to consider the significance of all relevant matters, including those set out in section 14 of the Act.
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