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September 14, 2010

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Pierre

For information, it would seem that the bookies opposite your shop have applied for new premises at 99 Lower Clapton Rd (currently Euronics warehouse) just behind the North-bound bus stop opposite the Round Chapel. So more smokers at the bus stop, especially on rainy days...

Kay

Boarded up shop at 99? Lower Clapton Road (opposite the Round Chapel) is to become a bookie too - yet another branch of William Hill.

Angela Phillips

Paddy Power are not just ruining Hackney. There are now four of them in one street in Deptford. http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2010/10/lewisham-council-approve-controversial-plans-for-new-bookmakers/
Councils seem to be powerless to stop them.

Catfunt

I feel the same about the proliferation of betting shops in Hackney as strip clubs: if the council can't regulate them (how many of each do we really need?) then what's the point of the council?

I also equate the placement of betting shops in poorer areas with the national lottery: it's a stealth tax on those who can least afford it. It's easier to place a bet than buy a pint of milk round by us.

Maybe they could combine the function of the strip club and the bookies and just call them Spunk Clubs.

Sue

In Deptford High Street we're about to get our ninth betting shop, Betfred. It will be part of a cluster of six within a 150m stretch. Lewisham council do not even bother to field objections these days, and local campaigners are frustrated by the fait accompli, with a 700 signature petition refused by the Licensing Team. But I just found this http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/archive/2010/12/06/News+%28news%29/8721444.Paddy_Power_denied_appeal_to_take_over_Tottenham_music_shop/
Haringey seem to be sorting it out...Hurrah for them!

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