REMINDER: The deadline is approaching for representations on Paddy Power's application for a betting shop on Stoke Newington High Street. If you wish to make a representation - it needs to reach the Licensing Department by 21st December 2009. The application is online here and you can find out more about how to make a representation here.
At the moment, local authorities have little control over the proliferation of betting shops on our high streets. Hackney Council made a submission under the Sustainable Communities Act for stronger powers to help control the number of betting shops and protect our local area. The current situation is very frustrating as the Council does not have the legal powers to respond to residents' concerns on this issue.
There was good news this month as we found out that Hackney's proposal has been shortlisted by the Local Government Association. At the end of the month we will find out whether it will go to government ministers for their consideration.