Betting shop curbs 'too late' for Waltham Forest

Cllr Clyde Loakes and residents campaigned against another betting shop Leytonstone

Cllr Clyde Loakes and residents campaigned against another betting shop Leytonstone

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Plans to curb the number of new betting shops by giving councils new powers have come too late for areas like Waltham Forest, it is claimed.

This week the government announced planning authorities will be able to consider the “harm” done by the proliferation of bookies in areas when considering applications.

Currently betting shops are currently in the same planning category as banks and estate agents, which means no permission is needed to open one.

This had led to a number of betting shops opening in Waltham Forest, with a high proportion in poorer areas.

However, Clyde Loakes, deputy council leader and councillor for Leytonstone, said the move has come too late for Waltham Forest.

He said: “It is three years too late as far as we are concerned. We have been fighting for this for years.

“Last year they made it easier for betting shops to open.

“It is too early to take the champagne off ice. It also doesn’t stop those which are already open.

“It is a welcome move but for roads like Church Lane in Leytonstone it is too late.”

Liberal Democrat councillor Mahmood Hussein, of High Street ward in Walthamstow, says the number of betting shops in the area is detrimental to business.

He said: “There are 12 betting shops in our high street, way too many.

“The anti-social behaviour and drinking around them is putting people off coming to shop here and that’s harming local businesses.

“All of us with local businesses really appreciate this action by our colleagues in government and local residents are telling me how relieved they are this blight on our High Streets can now be removed.”

A number of measures will also be applied inside existing shops, such as gamblers being required to go to the counter if they wish to spend more than £50 in a machine.

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11:34am Thu 1 May 14

mdj says...

'Councillor Clyde Loakes... said: “It is three years too late as far as we are concerned, we have been fighting for this for years.'

Did he raise this matter while his party, which created the problem, was in power?
'Councillor Clyde Loakes... said: “It is three years too late as far as we are concerned, we have been fighting for this for years.' Did he raise this matter while his party, which created the problem, was in power? mdj
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Thu 1 May 14

Mark Dawes says...

Whilst it is good that Labour’s Clyde Loakes is campaigning against the betting industry and the number of betting shops in the area, one does wonder how genuine Labour’s commitment to the issue really is. After all, it was local Labour MP Stella Creasy who campaigned for the interests of the betting industry regarding Walthamstow Stadium, supported by Labour councillors. And it was the last Labour Government that deregulated the betting industry that has caused a lot of the problems we are facing. It would seem that with the local elections near, the current local Labour stance on this issue is based more on opportunism than on genuine principles.
Whilst it is good that Labour’s Clyde Loakes is campaigning against the betting industry and the number of betting shops in the area, one does wonder how genuine Labour’s commitment to the issue really is. After all, it was local Labour MP Stella Creasy who campaigned for the interests of the betting industry regarding Walthamstow Stadium, supported by Labour councillors. And it was the last Labour Government that deregulated the betting industry that has caused a lot of the problems we are facing. It would seem that with the local elections near, the current local Labour stance on this issue is based more on opportunism than on genuine principles. Mark Dawes
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Loakes is right but fails to criticise Labours inaction over 13 years when in power to curb these establishments that predominantly sit proud at major landmarks around the country including our very own Bakers Arms.

At least the coalition recognised the dangers involved with playing with people's health when they become addicted to these 'cocaine addiction' machines.

The again Labour like keeping the poor, poor for their own agenda.
Loakes is right but fails to criticise Labours inaction over 13 years when in power to curb these establishments that predominantly sit proud at major landmarks around the country including our very own Bakers Arms. At least the coalition recognised the dangers involved with playing with people's health when they become addicted to these 'cocaine addiction' machines. The again Labour like keeping the poor, poor for their own agenda. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

6:48am Fri 2 May 14

stickmanny says...

And you fail to mention the Coalition's explicit statement that they would do NOTHING about it....

...then change their mind close to an election.
And you fail to mention the Coalition's explicit statement that they would do NOTHING about it.... ...then change their mind close to an election. stickmanny
  • Score: 3

9:05am Fri 2 May 14

Techno3 says...

While the 20-20 vision of hindsight is a wonderful thing, did Councillor Loakes bring this up with Tessa Jowell at the time she bbrought in the 2005 Gambling Act, or ever mention it to her subsequently when she has been feted by the Labour Party on her fundraising visits to Waltham Forest? Somehow I doubt it. It's almost as if he's making this point in order to try and fool the electorate into thinking this problem isn't one which has been almost entirely created by the Labour Party.
While the 20-20 vision of hindsight is a wonderful thing, did Councillor Loakes bring this up with Tessa Jowell at the time she bbrought in the 2005 Gambling Act, or ever mention it to her subsequently when she has been feted by the Labour Party on her fundraising visits to Waltham Forest? Somehow I doubt it. It's almost as if he's making this point in order to try and fool the electorate into thinking this problem isn't one which has been almost entirely created by the Labour Party. Techno3
  • Score: 4

11:48am Fri 2 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Techno3 wrote:
While the 20-20 vision of hindsight is a wonderful thing, did Councillor Loakes bring this up with Tessa Jowell at the time she bbrought in the 2005 Gambling Act, or ever mention it to her subsequently when she has been feted by the Labour Party on her fundraising visits to Waltham Forest? Somehow I doubt it. It's almost as if he's making this point in order to try and fool the electorate into thinking this problem isn't one which has been almost entirely created by the Labour Party.
Exactly Techno, all fuelled by Labour, yet again and who is as silent as a convent nun? Step forward Stella Creasey who has ignored her parties failing yet again and criticises the Loan Shops, all of which flourished under Labour also to feed the gambling habits half the time.
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: While the 20-20 vision of hindsight is a wonderful thing, did Councillor Loakes bring this up with Tessa Jowell at the time she bbrought in the 2005 Gambling Act, or ever mention it to her subsequently when she has been feted by the Labour Party on her fundraising visits to Waltham Forest? Somehow I doubt it. It's almost as if he's making this point in order to try and fool the electorate into thinking this problem isn't one which has been almost entirely created by the Labour Party.[/p][/quote]Exactly Techno, all fuelled by Labour, yet again and who is as silent as a convent nun? Step forward Stella Creasey who has ignored her parties failing yet again and criticises the Loan Shops, all of which flourished under Labour also to feed the gambling habits half the time. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Wed 7 May 14

NorthcoterE17 says...

"Too late" - whom for? The May 22nd elections? Some of us have memories further back than this Coalition government!
"Too late" - whom for? The May 22nd elections? Some of us have memories further back than this Coalition government! NorthcoterE17
  • Score: 0

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