ANOTHER betting shop is to open in Southall despite residents raising concerns with the police.
Ladbrokes applied for a betting premises licence at 28 South Road, which was given the go-ahead by Ealing Council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday.
PC Les Smith, licensing officer for Ealing Police, submitted a report to the sub-committee saying that Southall residents have raised issues with police over the impact made by betting in the area.
The report says: “This area has had a number of reported crimes ranging from theft, assaults, robbery and possession of drugs. This has had a serious effect on the local community and has been highlighted to police as a community issue. The concerns have been raised in relation to betting and gambling premises at ward panel meetings.”
Southal pensioner Tony Whittle, a long-time resident of the area who lives just off the Broadway said: “We have a place round the corner from us and it just seems like a place where people waste their time and money.
“The sort of people who go to these shops aren’t the type of people you want to socialise with, and the shops could attract anti-social behaviour and be a problem in a community like Southall.”
The licensing sub-committee granted the licence for South Road, subject to police conditions including installing CCTV and ensuring safety measures like risk assessment and staffing levels.
It also granted a separate application to vary a premises licence at a Ladbrokes in Southall Broadway on condition that the business will continue with at least two staff members on site until a risk assessment and staff levels are approved by police.
A separate application to vary a premises licence in King Street was deferred at the request of police.
Of the 87 betting shops across the borough, 19 are in Southall.