Betting Shops

Mayor renews call for betting shop curbs

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

Hackney’s Mayor, Jules Pipe has responded to news that Newham Council has lost it’s battle to stop the betting shop chain Paddy Power opening yet another branch in its borough.  Hackney, like Newham, has a very high number of betting shops, and over the past six years, Mayor Pipe has repeatedly made the case to Government Ministers that councils do not have the powers they need to stop the proliferation of betting shops on high streets, despite high levels of community concern.

Read the full article on Hackney Council News online.

Court opens floodgate to high-stakes bet machines after test case is kicked out

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

The High Street faces a new tidal wave of casino-style betting machines in bookmakers after a court kicked out a vital test case yesterday.

The warning came after Newham Council – which already has 81 betting shops including 18 on a single street – tried to prevent gambling chain Paddy Power from opening yet another one.

Read the full article on the Daily Mail online. 

Paddy Power wins legal case over shop licence

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin

The Irish bookie went to court after Newham Council blocked it from opening a new branch in Upton Park, Hackney, on the grounds that the majority of the shop’s income would be generated from gaming machines known as fixed-odds terminals.

Anti-gambling campaigners claim fixed-odds terminals are highly addictive and have labelled them the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online. 

Joan Burnie: It’s time to act against betting machines when odds are stacked against the poor

Posted on June 14, 2013 by admin

JOAN reckons Newham Council are right to refuse a licence to a shop on the grounds it would make more money from gaming machines than from more traditional betting.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online.

Plan for second betting shop meets opposition

Posted on March 21, 2013 by admin

EARLY OPPOSITION has emerged to a betting firm’s Forfar plans to set up a second shop within two furlongs of its existing town centre premises.

Bookies firm Coral Racing Ltd has made a bid to open an additional store at the vacant former Happit site at 13-15 Castle Street, a mere five minute walk (or a good drive and short wedge from Bubba Watson) from the existing shop on the town’s East High Street.

However, last night the odds were already stacking up against the company, with one local elected member describing the application for a second shop as “nonsense.”

Read the full story on The Courier online 

High-stakes bid to halt roulette machines at bookies

Posted on March 18, 2013 by admin

A campaign has been launched to halt a surge in city centre roulette machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Bookies have been accused of by-passing legislation to flood Manchester with dangerously addictive games. The city currently has nearly 500 fixed odds betting terminals – stand-alone machines capable of taking up to £18,000 an hour.

Campaigners want the government to tighten up the rules – and the council to challenge new applications.

An application for the city centre’s 25th bookmaker, a William Hill on Deansgate, is due to be considered by licensing chiefs in the coming weeks. City centre councillor Kevin Peel – who is leading the campaign – said: “Bookies are getting round the rules laid out in the Gambling Act in order to install more of these fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling due to their addictive nature.

“I say enough is enough. I am not anti-gambling or anti-bookies – I just think they should be betting shops, not mini-casinos.”

Read the full story in the Manchester Evening News online. 

Seaside resort is not amused at spend on betting

Posted on February 22, 2013 by admin

The North Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough – usually recognised for its seaside charm and traditional amusements – has become another statistic in the long-running campaign against betting shops. According to the Fairer Gambling Campaign, the town’s residents poured nearly £61m into FOBTs in nine book-makers, which are all located withing a one-mile radius. To read the read story from Coinslot International click here.

London’s blight lights

Posted on February 21, 2013 by admin

Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman says betting shops are a blight on London’s high streets, but are they any less aesthetically pleasing than McDonald’s or Starbucks?

Probably not, but then a coffee has never cost me £50 in either of those place. At least for 50 quid in Starbucks, they throw in cinnamon twist.

A total of £9.5billion was spent on gambling in London in 2012, almost a quarter of the UK total, according to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. There are 1,773 betting shops in London. Of that number, 86 per cent have locked toilets and 12 per cent have pens that work. That’s according to a survey of me.

A further four per cent have punters that work.

Story by Derek McGovern, in Daily Mirror published on 21/02/2013

Medway Council takes on the FOBT challenge

Posted on December 19, 2012 by admin

After getting in touch with the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and working with us to provide supporting information, Cllr Vince Maple has taken up the challenge against FOBTs and spoken out publicly on BBC South East recently. Watch the clip here.

Watch BBC One’s Panorama programme – “Gambling Nation”

Posted on November 6, 2012 by admin

On Monday 5th November, Panorama’s Gambling Nation was broadcast on BBC One, where reporter Sophie Raworth hears from problem gamblers and industry insiders who say violence and frustration, linked to fast-paced high-stake gambling machines – fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), are increasing in our high street betting shops. Panorama goes undercover in some of Britain’s bookies to test those claims. Watch it here on iPlayer