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East Lancs betting shop opening restrictions divide opinion

Lancashire Telegraph: Planning permission is not currently needed to open a betting shop in the UK Planning permission is not currently needed to open a betting shop in the UK

MOVES to restrict the opening of new betting shops on East Lancashire’s high streets have divided opinion.

Local leaders spoke after the government announced changes to the way new bookies open.

Planning permission is not currently needed to open a betting shop in the UK, but planning minister Nick Boles said that would change in a bid to promote ‘healthy and vibrant’ town centres, following a consultation period.

It means council planning departments will have the power to decide whether a betting company receives planning permission.

Firms will also be required to show they are complying with social-responsibility codes when applying for a licence, and to make customers betting more than £50 on virtual casino machines go to the counter and interact with staff.

Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones, who has long campaigned against the gambling machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, said the new proposals do not go far enough.

He said: “This is a weak government and a weak prime minister who have chosen the gambling industry over problem gamblers.

“There are no policies in there to help the problem. The government is not serious about helping gamblers.

“There are 33,000 fixed odds betting terminals in the UK - the new plans will not reduce that number.”

A spokeswoman for Rossendale Council however said: “Rossendale Borough Council welcomes these new powers, although they would not particularly help areas that already seemed to have too many betting shops.

“We would aim to use the new powers on a case by case scenario having listened to any local residents concerns.”

Burnley Council’s head of regeneration and planning policy, Kate Ingram, said: “We welcome policies designed to create vibrant and healthy town centres with a good retail offer – this is a key objective of the council.”

A spokesman for the Association of British Bookmakers said: “Local authorities already have powers to decide whether betting shops can be opened or not, because betting shops need a licence from the local authority.

“The industry will be responding to the consultation over the next few weeks.”

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11:50pm Thu 1 May 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well - let us look at this in greater detail .

Alright we all know the "no such thing as a poor bookie" statement .

We can look at the profits of Ladbrokes , William Hill etc .
The National Lottery , Gala Bingo etc .
The constant adverts for bingo on the TV - pay £10 , get £40 free etc.
The "one-armed-bandits" in pubs and clubs .

Do we see a theme here ?

Yep - we have ,
1 - a lot of people wanting something for nothing .
2 - big business quite willing to take advantage of the mugs .

Oh dear , oh dear .

Now , I am unsure of my facts on the following , and I welcome opinions and corrections . If I'm wrong , I'm wrong .

Firsty , I remember my parents doing The Football Pools , cost them about two shillings a week , but it was "skillful" (studying form and players fitness and so on) , checking the results - it was exciting , a bit of fun , harmless . Once they won just over a fiver - celebrations ! This was the nineteen-sixties . Of course they lost more than they won , but it was enjoyable .

Secondly , there were no bookies shops - they were illegal . Then were legalised (which government and when ?- Can't remember ) . This seriously damaged the little row of shops near us , as the greengrocer vanished overnight to become a bookies . Suddenly housewives went elsewhere . Rapidly , that was the end of our local butcher , the pie and bread shop , even the iron mongers/toy shop . All local superb quality shops . Oh well . Yes I accept time marches on . The area is long flattened .

Thirdly - I once read with horror that a quarter of people were relying on The Lottery to provide them with their pension !!!!!!
The days of paying into a pension scheme seem to be over . I personally paid into one for many years - I now get £86 a month from that . Seemed like a fortune all those years ago , that'll do us in our old age .

Forthly , and lastly you'll be pleased to know , what are the expectations for today's youngsters ?
Option one - hard work and acheive something with your life .
Option two - do nowt and let someone else pay for you .

How sad .
Well - let us look at this in greater detail . Alright we all know the "no such thing as a poor bookie" statement . We can look at the profits of Ladbrokes , William Hill etc . The National Lottery , Gala Bingo etc . The constant adverts for bingo on the TV - pay £10 , get £40 free etc. The "one-armed-bandits" in pubs and clubs . Do we see a theme here ? Yep - we have , 1 - a lot of people wanting something for nothing . 2 - big business quite willing to take advantage of the mugs . Oh dear , oh dear . Now , I am unsure of my facts on the following , and I welcome opinions and corrections . If I'm wrong , I'm wrong . Firsty , I remember my parents doing The Football Pools , cost them about two shillings a week , but it was "skillful" (studying form and players fitness and so on) , checking the results - it was exciting , a bit of fun , harmless . Once they won just over a fiver - celebrations ! This was the nineteen-sixties . Of course they lost more than they won , but it was enjoyable . Secondly , there were no bookies shops - they were illegal . Then were legalised (which government and when ?- Can't remember ) . This seriously damaged the little row of shops near us , as the greengrocer vanished overnight to become a bookies . Suddenly housewives went elsewhere . Rapidly , that was the end of our local butcher , the pie and bread shop , even the iron mongers/toy shop . All local superb quality shops . Oh well . Yes I accept time marches on . The area is long flattened . Thirdly - I once read with horror that a quarter of people were relying on The Lottery to provide them with their pension !!!!!! The days of paying into a pension scheme seem to be over . I personally paid into one for many years - I now get £86 a month from that . Seemed like a fortune all those years ago , that'll do us in our old age . Forthly , and lastly you'll be pleased to know , what are the expectations for today's youngsters ? Option one - hard work and acheive something with your life . Option two - do nowt and let someone else pay for you . How sad . fireonthemountain
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1:49am Fri 2 May 14

Saj143 says...

woolywords wrote:
Did they say it's divided?
Can I bet on, an each way outcome, or just the straight forecast?

It's going to pass, let's not delude ourselves, as they cannot afford the appeal costs.
~If truth be known, they are so powerless to stop a full sized carrot being stuck on the top of it, given the current miasma of planning consent rules.

Anyone want to object to my 'rabbit', before I stick it, up there?
(That's, up there, and not, up their. - for the moderator..)
Where a rabbit, is a form of 'ears', to a certain bandwidth of radio signals...
Bandwidth, is what you see on your radio, from top to bottom.
Radio, is something that comes with the car.
Car, is a place where, your truly beloved wife, sits in the back of, behind heavily tinted glass, in a black veil, licking the windows.

Why the flock, you don't just shoot her, on your first date, I'll never know.
Paradise, is just a click of a safety catch away..
Hadith...
W4nker
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Did they say it's divided? Can I bet on, an each way outcome, or just the straight forecast? It's going to pass, let's not delude ourselves, as they cannot afford the appeal costs. ~If truth be known, they are so powerless to stop a full sized carrot being stuck on the top of it, given the current miasma of planning consent rules. Anyone want to object to my 'rabbit', before I stick it, up there? (That's, up there, and not, up their. - for the moderator..) Where a rabbit, is a form of 'ears', to a certain bandwidth of radio signals... Bandwidth, is what you see on your radio, from top to bottom. Radio, is something that comes with the car. Car, is a place where, your truly beloved wife, sits in the back of, behind heavily tinted glass, in a black veil, licking the windows. Why the flock, you don't just shoot her, on your first date, I'll never know. Paradise, is just a click of a safety catch away.. Hadith...[/p][/quote]W4nker Saj143
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