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‘Action needed over betting shop saturation’
7:53am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
ACTION needs to be taken over betting shops in York as some areas have reached “saturation point”, it has been claimed.
City of York Council’s Liberal Democrat group said the authority currently has no power to refuse permission for new bookmakers’ shops when there is already a large number in a particular area, and that this was “changing the character of high streets” and reducing the opportunities for communities to have a range of shops.
A policy motion approved at the party’s national conference called for councils to have more power to stop too many betting shops getting planning permission.
Coun Ann Reid, the York group’s planning spokeswoman, said: “It is not a matter of stopping people having an occasional flutter, but facing up to the real impact of having such a concentration of gambling premises on the high street, and the consequences this has for communities.
“We are increasingly seeing clusters of betting shops cropping up across York, disturbing the mix of shops, and having a wide range of different retailers is crucial to making an area an attractive location to shop. The plan would mean that, if there was a bunch of betting shops in an area or existing problems, action could be taken to stop the spread.”
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