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Saying no to another betting shop on Caledonian Road

October 12, 2015
The former premises of Harters solicitors closed down suddenly in January 2013

The offices of Harters solicitors closed down suddenly in January 2013. Now Paddy Power wants to open up there.

Caledonian Ward councillors have opposed plans by the Paddy Power gambling company to open another betting shop on Caledonian Road. The premises at 325 Caledonian Road are currently a vacant shop/office on the corner of Lyon Street which is a short cul-de-sac.

To open a new betting shop, Paddy Power has to get two separate permissions from Islington Council: a license and a planning consent.

Cally Councillors have opposed the license application saying it contravenes the Council’s gambling policy:

    • the high street already experiences high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour including a specific problem of on-street drinking and another gambling shop will exacerbate these problems.
    • the premises are located in a small area containing 5 primary schools and a Children’s Centre
    • with two other betting shops in close proximity, this would mean a significant concentration of gambling premises contrary to the Council’s “saturation” policy.

The Paddy Power company does not have a planning consent for the premises. Applications have been submitted for change of use, alterations to the building and for illuminated sign. Cally Councillors will be opposing these applications too.

Councillor Paul Convery adds “Gambling companies are cynically pinpointing areas like the Cally – and other neighbourhoods in Islington where we have the poorest households – to open up betting shops. There’s nothing wrong with putting a few bob on a horse every now and then but these betting shops have aggressive business plans which encourage gambling – especially the use of fixed odds betting terminals which are sophisticated ‘one-arm bandits’ described as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling. With two other bookies on the high street, this is one kind of shop the Cally doesn’t need.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Lisa Wood permalink
    October 12, 2015 3:26 pm

    fantastic – thank you.

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