The Planning Inspectorate has overturned two decisions made by Waltham Forest Council to deny permission for betting shops in the borough

The new Paddy Power betting shop in Hoe Street

The new Paddy Power betting shop in Hoe Street

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A decision to allow another betting shop to open in Waltham Forest has been described as a “kick in the teeth”.

Last year the council’s planning committee refused Paddy Power permission to open to new branches in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, and High Road, Leyton.

It followed concerns raised by police over crime and anti-social behaviour associated with betting shops, as well as criticism of the number of branches in certain areas.

Paddy Power already has a large branch at the nearby site of the former Bakers Arms pub.

Paddy Power appealed against the decision and the Planning Inspectorate rejected the committee’s reasons for refusal.

Claire Coghill, cabinet member for economic growth, said the ruling goes against the wishes of residents concerned about the proliferation of betting shops.

She said: “It’s a real kick in the teeth for local people who have been pressing us to do everything we can to stop more betting shops springing up on their local high streets.”

“The sad fact is that while we fight them as best as we can, we are being prevented from stopping all of the applications from succeeding in spite of our best efforts.”

For more on this story see Thursday's Waltham Forest Guardian

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11:13am Tue 8 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused.

Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place.

Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.
Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused. Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place. Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -9

11:39am Tue 8 Jul 14

Debbie2312 says...

The inspectorate's name wasn't John Chase by any chance was it?
The inspectorate's name wasn't John Chase by any chance was it? Debbie2312
  • Score: 7

12:11pm Tue 8 Jul 14

stickmanny says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused.

Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place.

Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.
Why isn't the government doing anything about it?

Eh?

Four years sitting on their hands
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused. Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place. Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.[/p][/quote]Why isn't the government doing anything about it? Eh? Four years sitting on their hands stickmanny
  • Score: 21

1:12pm Tue 8 Jul 14

PsiMonk says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused.

Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place.

Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.
Villagecranberry says: "Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these... Lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets."

Except she is, of course.

See her here in The Guardian: "Well funded corporations are helping Payday lenders, betting shops and 24 hour off licenses are rushing to take over properties in their bid to expand profits and target residents already struggling to make ends meet."
http://www.theguardi
an.com/news/datablog
/2013/jan/04/5bn-gam
bled-britian-poorest
-high-street

And see her voting record on regulating gambling here: http://www.publicwhi
p.org.uk/mp.php?mpid
=40629&dmp=810
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused. Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place. Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.[/p][/quote]Villagecranberry says: "Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these... Lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets." Except she is, of course. See her here in The Guardian: "Well funded corporations are helping Payday lenders, betting shops and 24 hour off licenses are rushing to take over properties in their bid to expand profits and target residents already struggling to make ends meet." http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /2013/jan/04/5bn-gam bled-britian-poorest -high-street And see her voting record on regulating gambling here: http://www.publicwhi p.org.uk/mp.php?mpid =40629&dmp=810 PsiMonk
  • Score: 10

1:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused.

Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place.

Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.
Why isn't the government doing anything about it?

Eh?

Four years sitting on their hands
Yes I agree, they should be but the local MP's should initiate action and press the government for action against these premises. I am all for a cross party action, these premises cause untold trouble for families. Why on earth do we need ten betting shops within a few 100 yards of each other? Most make more on the gaming machines than horse racing.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Why isn't Stella Creasy and John Cryer MP's making more of a protesting noise against these as it was their petty that deregulated the restrictions in the first place. 'Gambling can be fun' the mused. Creasy is always ready to lampoon the Loan firms, but people turn to these as part of the problem is that they spend all their money in the bookies in the first place. Come on you two, lets hear some campaigning voices against these blots on our high streets.[/p][/quote]Why isn't the government doing anything about it? Eh? Four years sitting on their hands[/p][/quote]Yes I agree, they should be but the local MP's should initiate action and press the government for action against these premises. I am all for a cross party action, these premises cause untold trouble for families. Why on earth do we need ten betting shops within a few 100 yards of each other? Most make more on the gaming machines than horse racing. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

4:34pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mdj says...

'Four years sitting on their hands'

One can just see Labour going into the election campaign with scathing criticisms of how long it's taken the Tories to reverse Labour policies...
'Four years sitting on their hands' One can just see Labour going into the election campaign with scathing criticisms of how long it's taken the Tories to reverse Labour policies... mdj
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