Agenda and minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (1) - Thursday 10th December, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This will be a virtual meeting.

Contact: Kisi Smith-Charlemagne, Senior Committee and Governance Officer  Email: Tel: 07817054613


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To report any changes to the membership.


1.1.     There were no changes to the Membership of the Sub Committee.

1.2.     For the purposes of this meeting, the Chairman nominated Cllr Jim Glen as Substitute Chairman. Cllr Aziz Toki seconded the nomination. Cllr Glenn accepted the nomination and was duly appointed Substitute Chairman.



Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.


2.1. There were no Declarations of Interest.



Licensing Application for Determination pdf icon PDF 139 KB

Additional documents:


The following licence application was presented to the Sub Committee for determination.



Merkur Cashino, 182-184 Road, London W2 2DS pdf icon PDF 27 MB


Site Name & Address


Licensing Reference No.

Bryanston & Dorset Square

Merkur Cashino, 182-184 Edgeware Road, London W2 2DS

New Premises Licence


*Cumulative Impact Area


Additional documents:


Present:                   Philip Kolvin QC (Counsel for the Applicant); Dr Richard Bradley, Poppleston Allen Solicitors (representing the Applicant); Amanda Kiernan (Head of Compliance, Cashino Gaming Ltd); Andy Tipple (Head of Product, Cashino Gaming Ltd); Steve Ambrose (Operations Director, Cashino Gaming Ltd); and Stuart Jenkins (Leveche Associates Ltd)


Representations:    Representations had been received from the Licensing Authority.

Applicant:                Cashino Gaming Ltd

Ward:                       Bryanston and Dorset Square

CIA[1]:                         Edgeware Road

Summary of Application

The application was for a new Gambling Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005 for premises at 182-184 Edgeware Rd, London W2 2DS. The premises had been a William Hill Betting Shop prior to the surrender of its premises licence in August 2019. It was the Applicant’s intention to turn the premises into a Bingo venue where bingo could be played on Bingo tablets, and Bingo Plus and Bingo Express terminals. In addition, provision would be made for non-remote Bingo to be played.


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the Members of the Sub Committee and the Council Officers who would be supporting the Sub Committee before explaining the procedure that would be followed at the meeting.

The Chairman then invited the Presenting Officer, Ms Jessica Donovan, to present the report that was before the Sub Committee.


Ms Jessica Donovan, Licensing Officer

Ms Donovan, Licensing Officer, summarised the application as set out in the report before the Sub Committee, noting that it was an application for a new bingo premises licence for 182-184 Edgeware Rd, London W2 2DS. Ms Donovan stated that representations had been received from the Licensing Authority and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). However, following agreement on proposed conditions with the Applicant, the MPS had withdrawn their representations.

Additional information had been received from the Applicant and Ms Donovan stated that this information could be found in the Additional Information Packs 1 & 2. In addition, a skeleton argument prepared by Mr Kolvin had been circulated to Members and Officers.

In conclusion, Ms Donovan noted that the premises were within the Bryanston and Dorset Square Ward and were within the Edgeware Road Cumulative Impact Area (CIA).

Mr Philip Kolvin QC, Representing the Applicant

Mr Kolvin thanked the Members of the Sub Committee for acknowledging that they had received and read his skeleton argument. He stated he was going to refer the Sub Committee to the “Proposed Operational Conditions” set out on pages 40 & 41 in Additional Information Pack 2, which listed 25 bespoke conditions. In so doing, Mr Kolvin stated he was going to make the following eight points to the Sub Committee.

1.     Cashino Gaming Ltd

Mr Kolvin noted that Cashino Gaming Ltd was one of the most experienced and largest operators of gaming on the high Street in the UK. The company was registered with the Gambling Commission and, therefore, its suitability as an operator was not in question. The company systems for promoting the licensing objectives were internationally accredited, as was the quality of its national,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3a