The Council previously passed a resolution that it would not permit gaming machines in premises such as take away food shops, minicab and taxi offices or other non-arcade unlicensed premises. With effect from the 1 August 2006, the Gambling Act 2005 will begin to phase out fruit machines from these premises across the Country. All such permits will expire on 31 July 2009 and it will be illegal to offer fruit machines in such premises after this date.
Please note that this does not apply to pubs, clubs and other alcohol licensed premises or amusement arcades.
The Gambling Act 2005 will affect the games operated in existing premises which are licensed under the Licensing Act 2003.