Petition against more betting shops

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Zoe Tuesday 14 February 2012 7.01pm
jackie rokotnitz Wednesday 15 February 2012 9.19am
Betting shops are all over the place like a rash...but what is better, that or empty shops?
Jan the old one Wednesday 15 February 2012 9.57am
I remember the bookies runners! I just get cheesed off seeing all the 'western union' type shops...send money home thingys..
Ivanhoe Friday 17 February 2012 10.38am
{from the BBC article linked to above] "Councillor Rowenna Davis, for Peckham, who launched the campaign, said the council was not against the gambling industry.

But the problem was bookmakers come under the same classification as banks and estate agents, thereby the council had "no meaningful powers" over their numbers, she said.

Ms Davis said: "When I walk through my area within 10 minutes I pass eight bookmakers and that means they are more common than post offices or corner shops. We know they are clustering in poorer areas.

"Once you get a number of bookmakers clustering in the area it's very difficult for other businesses to come in because they feel that area has been blighted by bookmakers."


Funny that no one is campaigning against the predominance of estate agents. To me, they are more of a blight on the high street than bookies, and of much less use to people in general. How many times a year does one buy or sell a house?

If bookies aren't profitable, they will close down. Betting is legal and regulated. Adults are free to spend their money on whatever they want to spend it on. I really don't see why bookies are taking so much stick (other than that there are some misguided busybodies who either think that bookies are the only thing that's stopping Peckham from becoming Paris, or think that people are powerless to resist the siren call of the bookies and need saving from themselves before they throw all the family money away on the fixed odds terminals.)

Is there a petition to stop these busybody petitions? I'd sign that in a flash.

...if you press it, they will come.
boroughonian Saturday 18 February 2012 12.08am
The city is also awash with bookmakers,what's that got to do with poverty?
Perhaps we should cut the amount of Lottery and scratchcard vendors also.
I think the poverty thing is a bit of a smokescreen.
chalkey Saturday 18 February 2012 11.59am
I'd like someone to explain to me how my seventeen year old daughter can legally buy a scratch card from a corner shop every day of the week, but she's not legally allowed to stand next to me in a betting shop and watch me have a once a year bet on the Grand national.
boroughonian Saturday 18 February 2012 1.10pm
Can't answer that but have a look at this.


http://www.ampneycrucis.f9.co.uk/PARK/MinimumAge.htm
chalkey Sunday 19 February 2012 8.05am
Thanks for that, Boroughonian. There were a few little surprises in there. Very informative.
Funny how you can legally 'own' an air rifle at the age of fourteen, (and therefore presumably use it,)but can't 'buy' one until you're seventeen.

Sorry for leading you astray guys and gals......
Chalkey strays off topic, shock.
boroughonian Sunday 19 February 2012 11.01am
I have to say,just to backtrack a bit,I walked down the Blue yesterday and there are three betting shops within a 50M stretch of road (if that),does seem a bit OTT.
spartacus Sunday 19 February 2012 12.53pm
Ivanhoe wrote:
{from the BBC article linked to above] "Councillor Rowenna Davis, for Peckham, who launched the campaign, said "Once you get a number of bookmakers clustering in the area it's very difficult for other businesses to come in because they feel that area has been blighted by bookmakers."
Funny that no one is campaigning against the predominance of estate agents. To me, they are more of a blight on the high street than bookies, and of much less use to people in general. How many times a year does one buy or sell a house?

Is there a petition to stop these busybody petitions? I'd sign that in a flash.

Hear, hear.

The 'blight' of bookmakers in Borough High Street hasn't stopped 6 estate agents setting up shop on the east side of the street (though Fields have been there for a long time). Perhaps they are setting up a 'Property Porn Quarter' to use the aspirational language agents love so much.

There are currently 2 large freeholds on BHS that have just been sold, both formerly homes for 'training colleges'. It will be intersting to see what use they are put to.

Meanwhile the optimism generated recently by the alterations to the scaffolding around the buildings on the west side (owned by Guys) appears unfounded. My guess is that they were required to upgrade the lighting and padding around the scaffold to current Health and Safety standards and the blight they bring to the street will remain.
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