Chips are down for Haringey in fight against betting shop boom

Haringey Council has lost its County Court battle to stop betting chain Paddy Power from opening another store on Lordship Lane in Wood Green.

The judge ruled that a licence could not be refused despite the 65 betting shops already in the area. The council wanted to stop stores from opening in areas where 5% of the shops are already for gambling.

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Betting shops allow more fixed odd betting terminals (FOBTs), which make up 50% of the gambling industry’s income. They have associations with low level crime and disorder.

The Gambling Act (2005) has brought some liberalisation to the licensing process, but there is no evidence to suggest that it has directly causing the betting shops to cluster.

The 2009 Scrutiny Review explores the movement of betting shops to prominent places in local shopping centres.

Councillor Adam Jogee has explained how he feels it is his responsibility to protect residents in deprived areas like Haringey from gambling.

He said:

“We need to stop the cluster…of betting shops on our highstreet”

The council sees a further increase in betting shops as a serious concern and potentially aiding gambling addictions.

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