Please could you release to me information on how many Licensed Betting Offices were licensed in the borough in each year from 2007 to 2013.
For clarity: I wish to understand the total number of bookmakers licenced in each year 2007-13 and how that has changed over time.
This means that licenced bookmakers whose licences have lapsed, been surrendered or have been revoked need to be included, just information of when the currently licenced premises were first licenced is potentially misleading when analysing the trend over time.
In the first instance I would advise that we do not hold information on our systems to the extent or degree that you have requested as it is important for us to know only what is licensed (or what needs to be licensed) at any given time. However, our gambling premises are relatively few in comparison to some authorities and I have therefore run an individual check of each of these, which has revealed the following:
We have 10 licensed betting shops, which were all converted from the old Gambling Act in 2007. Apart from one independent which was transferred to another company there have been no surrenders, revocations or new applications since 2007. The figures for Brentwood therefore, would be 10 licences issued in 2007 and nil return for each of the years 2008 to 2013 inclusive.