Don't bet on Bookmaker Paddy Power's plan going ahead

Croydon Guardian: The community say they will fight the plans for another betting shop The community say they will fight the plans for another betting shop

A community is united in a fight against plans for a new betting shop – amid concerns about the impact gambling is having on the area.

Bookmaker Paddy Power have submitted a gambling licence application for a new branch in the former Chicken Cottage in London Road, West Croydon, but numerous businesses have written to Croydon Council urging them to refuse it.

Residents, members of the Tamil Business Forum, London Road Business Association and West Croydon Community Forum each submitted their opposition to the new shop, citing crime and the level of deprivation in the area as two of their main concerns.

Last month, politicians in Croydon called for changes to gambling laws after shock figures showed more than £160m was spent on betting machines in Croydon North in 2012.

Ganapathy Kasinathan of the London Road Business Association said: “This is a poor area and having another shop targets people already desperate for money.

“There is another Paddy Power just a few minutes walk away in North End, so there is no need for another. We want to regenerate this area and these types of shop do not help.”

Patrick Ratnaraja, director of Croydon Tamil Business Forum said: “London Road has already been affected by high levels of crime and opening another betting shop will just lead to more.

“We already have so many betting shops in London Road, we want a vibrant and diverse commercial area."

Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North said: “Residents and business owners are very concerned London Road looks shabby and run-down because the council has failed to invest properly in the area. Yet another betting shop will simply add to that sense of decline.

“London Road needs a diverse range of attractive shops and businesses that will encourage shoppers to come and spend money there.

"There’s plenty of evidence that a cluster of betting shops encourages antisocial behaviour and we really don’t need any more of that."

In its planning application, Paddy Power said the new shop would have 'minimal impact' on residents and businesses.

It said: “The betting shop will open similar times to other surrounding shops.

“We consider the plans are entirely acceptable.”

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12:13am Fri 22 Feb 13

Oudinot says...

Hypocrites.
Hypocrites. Oudinot
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3:29pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Esiah_Ammer says...

Why hypocrites? Can you condem a community wanting to turn its area around and have a sense of somewhere to be proud of! At least they are speaking up because it just a matter of time before croydon north and central, are over run with betting shops and the local residents start leaving and relocating to croydon south and you guess it the croydon north and central once neglected succumbs to RIOTING!
Why hypocrites? Can you condem a community wanting to turn its area around and have a sense of somewhere to be proud of! At least they are speaking up because it just a matter of time before croydon north and central, are over run with betting shops and the local residents start leaving and relocating to croydon south and you guess it the croydon north and central once neglected succumbs to RIOTING! Esiah_Ammer
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