The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has backed Newham Council in their case against Paddy Power, who have applied to open another betting shop in an economically deprived borough where there are already more than 80.
Newham have expressed concerns, due in part to the location of the proposed shop on Green Street, which would be situated around 100 yards from another Paddy Power and near to a Ladbrokes, which is opposite another Ladbrokes.
Newham are the first local authority to object to a premise license on the basis that the shop will be used for gaming on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) rather than traditional over the counter betting. If Newham succeed, it will set a national precedent for other local authorities wanting to stem the proliferation of betting shops on their high streets. (more…)