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Gambling Act 2005, Review of Licensing Policy

Residents across the East Riding are being invited to have their say on how gambling premises, such as seaside arcades, bingo halls and betting shops, are run.

In line with government legislation, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is updating its gambling policy and is keen to hear views from members of the public.

The council is responsible for issuing licenses and permits to all premises offering gambling to the public and in the next policy is planning to tighten up the way betting shops, pubs and clubs with gambling machines and other similar premises are run.

New operators will have to demonstrate that:

  • staff have undertaken training in safeguarding and child sexual exploitation
  • there are controls in place to ensure the premises do not contribute to crime
  • staff know how to intervene if customers are gambling too much
  • self-exclusion schemes exist for those people who may have gambling problems.


Proposals also include links with public health to jointly identify and manage gambling addiction.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Most people have a view on gambling and how it should be managed.

“We want to ensure that people who run gambling and betting shops in our area are doing all they can to protect children and other vulnerable people as well as preventing crime and disorder being caused directly, or indirectly, by their businesses.

“We have formed very strong and effective relationships with our gambling premises and I am pleased to say they are generally well run.

“However, most of the changes proposed are in line with new government policy but we are interested in all views of the proposed measures, whether you use bingo halls or betting shops, own one or have these kinds of premises in your community.”

The consultation will end on Wednesday, 30 September, 2015.

Proposed Statement of Gambling policy (word 2.7mb opens in new window)

Beverley Cycle Race - taxi rank suspension

On Friday, 24 July 2015, Beverley cycle race will take place, therefore the following ranks will be suspended from use between 5pm and midnight.

  • Saturday Market rank, Beverley

  • Sow Hill rank, Beverley

A temporary rank will be set up on Sow Hill bus station.

Have your say... Animal Welfare Policy Consultation.

The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 policy is out for consultation

Animal Boarding Establishment Policy (word 201kb, opens in new window)

Should you wish to have your say or put forward your views on the draft policy you can do this by emailing the licensing team:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Alternatively you can post your comments directly to:

Tina Holtby
Licensing Manager
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA.

The last date for consultation responses is: 31 May 2015

Have your say... Licensing Act 2003 Policy Review

The Statement of Licensing Policy aims to provide information and guidance to licence applicants, responsible authorities, interested parties and the general public on the general approach the Council will take to licensing.

This includes licences for:

  • Alcohol
  • Late night refreshment
  • Entertainment

Under the Licensing Act 2003 the council has a responsibility to have a statement of licensing policy in place and keep it under review every 5 years.

The current Statement of Licensing Policy has been in place since January 2011 and requires updating following recent changes to the Live Music Act 2012, Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 , De Regulation Act as well as revised licensing guidance issued in by the Home Office.

Should you wish to have your say or put forward your views on the draft policy you can do this by emailing the licensing team:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Alternatively you can post your comments directly to:

Tina Holtby
Licensing Manager
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall
Cross Street
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9BA.

The last date for consultation responses is: 31 May 2015

Please note: all comments will be treated as being in the public domain and may be published as part of the decision making process.

Licensing Policy for consultation (word 837kb, opens in new window)

Alcohol licences - Renew your licence before it's too late

People running pubs, bars, restaurants and off licences in the East Riding are being urged to renew their personal alcohol licences on time – or it could have a serious impact on their businesses.

All 2,000 holders of personal alcohol licences in the area are being reminded to make sure none of their licences expire over the next few months.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team is asking personal licence holders not to leave it too late to check their paperwork, as once a licence has expired it would be illegal to sell alcohol on their premises if they were the Designated Premises Supervisor.

The first ever personal alcohol licences for individuals were granted in 2005, for an initial period of 10 years.

The Government is currently changing the renewal requirement to make all personal licences permanent, but this is unlikely to be completed before some of the first 10-year licences expire over the next few months.

All personal alcohol licences must be renewed with East Riding of Yorkshire Council at least one month before they expire. Renewals are free.

The licensing team is issuing leaflets to local pubs, bars and off licences advising about the dangers of not renewing on time, and also writing directly to licence holders.

Cllr Jackie Cracknell, the council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “We don’t want to see our licensed premises unable to sell alcohol.

“We are asking all our personal licence holders to check the expiry date on their licence, and to make a renewal application in good time if it is due to run out in the next few months, before the changes to the laws have come into force.

“To help, the renewals procedure has been simplified and applications can be made online. There is no fee to pay or other documents to supply. The whole process should take no longer than five minutes and will prevent pubs and bars being in the position of being unable to sell alcohol , which would have a significant impact on the local economy and also be unpopular with customers.”

For details on renewing personal alcohol licences, or to make an application, please  contact the licensing team at

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Extended Hours for licensed premises over the festive period

With the festive season fast approaching it may be worth considering applying for a Temporary Event Notice (TENs) to trade a few longer hours.

If you do decide to apply for TENs a reminder that for a full notice TEN, 10 working days’ notice is required - so for an extension for the Friday before Christmas (19 December 2014) the TEN needs to be submitted - if it has not already - and be received by the Council by Thursday 4 December 2014

For New Year's Eve, the date is Friday 12 December 2014 (or Friday 19 December 2014 for a 'Late TEN').

To apply for a TEN, please visit the Temporary Event Notice page.

Best Bar None Awards Night 2014 - The results

The Best Bar None Awards night was held on Wednesday 26 November 2014, at The Beverley Racecourse. The winners of the Best Bar None Scheme for 2014 -2016 are on the Best Bar None Accredited Venues page. Congratulations to all premises that gained accreditation and won awards.

For more information on the Best Bar None Scheme you can visit our About Best Bar None page.

Public Notice - Taxi & Private Hire Licence Fees 2015-2016

Below are the new proposed Hackney Carriage and Private hire licence fees proposed for the 1 April 2015 - 30 March 2016. If you wish to comment on the fee's please do so in writing FAO Licensing Manager:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk by 31 December 2014.

Public Notice - Hackney Carriage/Private hire licence fees for 2015/2016 (pdf 51kb opens in new window)

New Licensing Fees - April 2015

Below are the new proposed licence fees to take effect from 1 April 2015 to 30 March 2016. If you wish to comment on the fee's please do so in writing FAO Licensing Manager:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk by 31 December 2014.

Licensing Fee 2015-2016 (pdf 69kb opens in new window) 

Beverley Festival of Christmas- Taxi Rank

The annual Beverley Festival of Christmas will take place in Saturday Market Place Beverley on Saturday 13 & 14 December 2014. The taxi rank will be relocated to Sow Hill, near the junction of Ladygate for the duration on the event.

Temporary relocation of Cottingham Taxi Rank

On the 10 November 2014, the taxi rank on King Street Cottingham will be temporarily relocated to the loading bay outside of The Duke of Cumberland Public House,Market Green Cottingham for a period of 3 weeks.

Petsitt licence cancelled after successful prosecution.

The licensing team take our role in protecting animal welfare seriously, and as a result we took the difficult decision to prosecute T. Carpenter, of Petsitt South Cave.

On 22 July 2014 at Beverley Magistrates court, Ms Carpenter was convicted of 9 offences and disqualified from holding a animal boarding licence for 5 years and fined £1090, plus an additional £1000 costs.

Please do not board your dog at this premises, there is no licence in place.

Taxi vehicles- Flying the flag

As part of the build up to the World Cup 2014, it has been requested that Taxi/Private Hire Vehicles are permitted to display England flags on or within their licensed vehicles.

The council wishes to support its licensed drivers in showing their support for the national team taking part in the World Cup 2014 and as such will relax the policy requirements relating to markings on the licensed vehicles on this occasion until the end of the tournament, ceasing on the evening of 13 July 2014.

The Licensing Team request that drivers bear in mind the safety of the travelling public at all times and ensure that any stickers or flags are small in size and do not contain any advertising or cause any visual obstruction to the window screen or passenger windows.

Suspension of Taxi Ranks for Beverley Bike Race

On the 18 July 2014, the annual Beverley Bike Race will take place, resulting in the need to suspend the following tank ranks between 5pm-12am

  • Sow Hill, Beverley
  • Saturday Market
  • Ladygate, Beverley

The rank will be temporarily relocated to the bus stop, Sowhill Beverley. 

Road Closures Beverley Monday 2 June - Thursday 5 June 2014

On the evenings of Monday 2 June 2014 - Thursday 5 June 2014, Lairgate and North Bar Within, Beverley, will be closed for road resurfacing. The only access to Saturday Market, Beverley, will be via Sow Hill, and the only exit will be via Toll Gavel, Cross Street. Access will be restricted to taxis and residents only.

Are you planning on showing The World Cup matches?

BBPA issues pub guidance for World Cup 2014

Published Date: 26/Jan/2014

The new advice has been developed with the support of the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Live sport is now a hugely important part of the pub experience – the BBPA says that around four million people headed to their local in 2010 to watch the first England World Cup game, clearly showing preparation for Brazil 2014 is now essential for licensees.

This year’s event comes with new considerations compared to previous World Cups. The time difference will mean that fixtures will be screened later in the evening. With the majority of British football fans unable to make it to Brazil to see the matches live, pubs are likely to experience even larger crowds.

To help make World Cup screenings a success, pubs will benefit from this clear and helpful guidance. Examples to consider include contacting the police and licensing officers to let them know in advance of plans for showing World Cup events, and given the late finish of some matches during the tournament, making taxi numbers/late night public transport information readily available to assist customers in leaving the venue safely.

The guidance is intended as a template for pubs, local authorities and police to work together to ensure that the World Cup is a successful and enjoyable occasion. It provides a handy checklist for licensees to run through in making sure all angles to running a successful event are considered and covered.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive said:
“Pubs are the home of live sport and they should be at the heart of the 2014 World Cup. This new BBPA guidance has been designed to ensure that Brazil 2014 events can be a success. If pubs follow the guidance and work closely with their local authorities, we can ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this exciting sporting spectacle at their local.”

Councillor Tony Page, LGA Licensing Champion, said:

“Councils are aware of the importance of the World Cup to residents and are ready to help people celebrate in a safe and responsible manner. For many people, watching matches in a local pub is a fundamental part of the whole experience and councils will endeavour to support pubs, clubs and other organisations that wish to offer this facility.

“Councils will always seek to say yes to well-run businesses which have proven that they can cater effectively for selling alcohol at events where emotions run high. However, they also have a responsibility to residents who may live in close proximity to popular venues and may be exposed to significant disturbance as a result. Licensees should begin discussions with councils, and their neighbours, at an early stage so that the best solutions can be found.

“The LGA is pleased to support the British Beer and Pub Association in providing this advice for licensees who wish to hold safe and successful events.”

National policing lead on alcohol and licensing, Chief Constable Adrian Lee, said:

“I am pleased to endorse the guidance to publicans for use during this year’s World Cup, along with my colleague Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, the national policing lead for football policing.

“Our aim, which we know is shared by the licensed trade, is to ensure that everyone who wishes to can enjoy this summer’s matches in the comfort of their local pub, with friends and fellow enthusiasts is able to do so in a safe environment and that they drink responsibly.

“It is important that that people’s enjoyment of the World Cup takes place in a peaceful and safe manner, and this guidance is a great resource for publicans seeking to make the most of this sporting highlight without compromising on standards.”

Advice for licencees showing World Cup 2014 games - LGA website (external website)

When are the world cup matches?

Listed below are the dates for the England games. If you need to apply for
a Temporary Event Notice then it is recommended that you start planning now and
issue your notice soon. Once your TEN is in place you can then sit back and
enjoy the build up. 

First Round Games

Saturday, 14 England v Italy - Expect the match to finish at 01:00 hrs.
June kick off 23:00 hrs

Thursday, 19 Uruguay v England - Expect the match to finish at 22:00 hrs.
June kick off 20:00 hrs

Tuesday, 24 Costa Rica v England Expect the match to finish at 19:00 hrs.
June - kick off 17:00 hrs

Second Round Games

Saturday, 28 Group C winner v These are the games where England could be playing.  As extra time and penalties may occur it would be sensible to allow a finish time of up to 01:00 hrs.

June Group D 2nd place
Sunday, 29 Group D winner v
June Group C 2nd place - kick off 21:00 hrs

Quarter Finals

Friday, 4 Qtr Finalist 1 v Qtr England could possibly feature in all of these games and once again you should allow 21:00 hrs kick off for a finish of 01:00 hrs.

July Finalist 2 -
Saturday, 5 Qtr Finalist 5 v Qtr
July Finalist 6 - kick off
21:00 hrs

Semi Finals

Tuesday, 8 Winner Qtr Final 1 v
July Winner Qtr Final 2 -
kick off 21:00 hrs

Wednesday, 9 Winner Qtr Final 3 v
July Winner Qtr Final 4 -
kick off 21:00 hrs

Third Place Play-off

July Semi Final 2 Loser Saturday, 12 Semi Final 1 Loser v Expect the match to finish at 01:00 hrs kick off 21:00 hrs 


July Semi Final 2 Winner Kick off 20:00 hrs Sunday, 13 Semi Final 1 Winner v Match likely to finish at midnight. 

Licensing Act 2003 - Deregulation of Entertainment

The Government announced further deregulation on 17 June 2013, below is a attached guidance document put together by Poppleston Allen Solictors which clarifies the deregulation.

Deregulation guidance document (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

Staying safe - Taxi safe

This year East Riding of Yorkshire Councils Licensing Team have produced posters, stickers and beer mats, as part of the Get Home SAFE campaign. The posters will be displayed in as many communal areas as possible across the East Riding Area.

All Licensed vehicles will be encouraged to display the Get home SAFE stickers on the top left hand side the window screen. an example of the stickers can be seen below:

The beer mats will be given out to alcohol licensed premises across the East Riding area.

The following article has been published as a campaign leaflet in August 2013:

If you are managing a public house, bar or night club, one of the things you will have to consider is how much noise you are likely to generate and whether it is enough to cause complaints from neighbouring properties. Noise from customers within the premises as well as entertainment noise will need to be considered.

Noise Control campaign leaflet (pdf 210kb opens in new window)

The following article has been published as a press release in December 2011:

'Have fun but stay safe and plan your journey’ is the message from East Riding of Yorkshire Council to party-goers ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The council is warning people to keep safe but be wary of bogus taxi drivers as they head out to celebrate over the next few weeks.

As revellers enjoy the festivities in local bars and restaurants, or visit friends and family, the last thing on their mind may be how they are going to get home. But East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Licensing Team is putting plans in place to keep customers and drivers safe and urging festive party-goers to make sure they plan ahead and only use legitimate and licensed taxis and taxi marshals will be in place to assist with this.

Licensed marshals will be on duty on the main ranks in Bridlington and Beverley over the Christmas and New Year period, between midnight and 4am, it is recognised that taxi ranks are common flashpoints for trouble with people often the worst for drink and that marshals can provide a focal point for the public to disperse from towns.

Revellers will queue for cabs, whilst marshals ensure that queues are orderly, anti social behaviour not tolerated, that customers get into licensed vehicles only, check people are not excessively drunk, advise them no food and drink is allowed in cabs and make sure groups or individuals have enough cash to pay their fare.

For the protection of customers the area in which they will operate offers

  • improved lighting;
  • designated CCTV cameras;
  • a direct link to the Police, if needed.



Councillor Jane Evison, chair of East Riding of Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership and portfolio holder for public protection, said: "The use of taxi marshals on our ranks is a new measure introduced to keep people safer and making them feel more secure, it brings real benefits for many people out at night in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

"The scheme will ensure people can obtain licensed taxis safely and orderly in the town centre. It will be particularly beneficial over the busy Christmas and New Year period and will assist us in preventing crime and disorder , managing anti social behaviour on the ranks and keeping people safe.

"This is another good example of how partnership working is helping to keep people safe in our towns while they are out enjoying themselves over Christmas and New Year."

During the festive season, the council's licensing team also receives an increase in reports of bogus vehicles purporting to be legitimate taxi services. With potentially hundreds of Christmas parties taking place this festive season, anyone who travels by taxi should make sure it is a licensed taxi service or private hire car before they make their journey.

Councillor Evison said: “The danger to the travelling public is from a small element of unlicensed drivers who either hold no licence or attempt to accept passengers when they are not legally entitled. We want people to enjoy the festive period and to have a good time but to do it responsibly. We do urge people to take care of themselves. 

"The council wants everyone to have fun and enjoy the festive season but, above all we want them to get home safely. Getting into an unlicensed vehicle is essentially the same as taking a lift from a stranger; people should remember to stay safe especially if they are under the influence of alcohol."

Paul Bellotti, Head of Housing and Public Protection, added: "The Christmas period is one where many people who are not regular taxi users will be using taxis and private hire vehicles.  We would advise the public to always check that they are using a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.

"The working relationship we have with the taxi and private hire trade is very positive and they do a great job, especially late at night, of getting people home quickly and safely at a time when no other public transport is available.

"We are working with the trade and our partners to continue to show that the East Riding of Yorkshire is a safe place to spend an evening. The licensing team will also be making random spot checks and will prosecute those who operate taxis and private hire vehicles illegally."

The main things to bear in mind when taking a taxi or private hire ride home are:

  • Only Hackney Carriage cabs can be hailed in the street or on a taxi rank. These cars should carry a plate on the back of the vehicle and display white oval door stickers and have a top light saying ‘TAXI’;
  • private hire vehicles must always be booked in advance and display a plate on the back of the vehicle and there should be a yellow oval stickers on the front passenger car doors of the vehicle with the words – ‘Pre-Booked Only';
  • all licensed drivers should have an East Riding of Yorkshire Council driver’s identity badge, which should be prominently displayed at all times.

Check these details before getting into a taxi. An unlicensed car and driver have not been vetted by the council and may not be insured.

Other top tips to stay safe when out and about this Christmas are:

  • Carry a telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or private hire company with you;

  • if possible, book a taxi or minicab in advance. Ask for the driver’s name and for the make and colour of the car;

  • confirm the details with the driver when the vehicle arrives - is it the car you ordered?;

  • make sure you have enough money to get home;

  • if you are ordering a taxi from a public place, try not to let anyone overhear your name and address - anyone could pretend to be your taxi;

  • if you are out with friends, make sure everyone has a way of getting home;

  • if someone in your group has had too much to drink, accompany them to their taxi and make sure it is a legitimate vehicle. Friends should stick together and make sure you get home safely;

  • do not walk home if you have consumed too much alcohol as this can also make you more vulnerable. Please don’t put yourself at risk. Ask yourself 'will you be safe?' 'Are you in control?' 'Have you let someone know what you are doing and where you are going?'.

If you have any concerns about unlawful taxis operating, contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Licensing Team on (01482) 396297 or Humberside Police.

During the next month, the licensing team will be working in partnership with Humberside Police and the licensed trade displaying posters and beer mats in local bars, late night food take-aways, leisure centres, libraries and night clubs warning revellers of the dangers of drinking too much and advising how they can have a fun night out and stay safe when travelling home.

‘Get home safe tonight’ stickers will be prominently displayed in licensed vehicles for customers to look for when hailing a vehicle in the street.

Please note: East Riding Licensing Team, have decided following the success of the Christmas Campaign to continue the Get home safe message throughout the year.

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