Hackney Council has launched a new phase in its campaign against the wave of betting shops blighting Hackney's high streets. You can read the full story here.
The Council is also calling on residents nationwide to sign an online
petition to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to
demonstrate the weight of public opinion against the current betting
The Council’s proposal is that betting shops be given their own use
class, as with nightclubs and casinos. This would mean residents and
councillors could have a say over every application, and the potential
impact that a new betting shop may have on an area would become a key
factor on whether or not it gets approved.
This could make a massive difference - back in 2010 when Paddy Power opened on the High Street we made representations against the application but knew this would ultimately have little impact on the final decision (the blog post from the time is here).
To sign the petition, visit www.change.org/petitions/eric-pickles-mp-help-councils-stop-betting-shops-taking-over-our-high-streets
You can read the full submission that Hackney Council has made to the Government here.