Consultation on gambling launched by West Lothian Council

West Lothian residents are being asked to share their views on how gambling is regulated locally.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 6:00 am
Photographer Ian Georgeson.

A consultation has been launched in preparation for a revised gambling policy for the area, which West Lothian Licensing Board is legally required to review every three years.

The consultation period started on April 12 and ends on June 12. Following consultation, the board will prepare and publish a revised gambling policy for the three years from January 31, 2022.

Convener of West Lothian Licensing Board, Councillor Dom McGuire, said: “We would like to hear the views of local residents and those with an interest in how gambling is regulated in West Lothian to help us update the policy for 2022-2025.”

“West Lothian Licensing Board’s gambling policy aims to ensure that any gambling taking place locally is not associated with crime or disorder, is conducted in a fair and open way, and is conducted in a manner which protects children or vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited.”

“The consultation has three parts and has been designed for a wide range of people, bodies and organisations. Responses are welcomed from everyone with an interest, whether they wish to answer just some or all of the questions.”

The board is responsible for bingo, betting shops, tracks e.g. dog tracks, gaming centres and fairs.

The Board does not have the power to regulate gambling operators and remote gambling, so responses on these areas cannot be considered as part of the consultation.