BUSINESSES, police and councillors are all lining up to oppose plans for a fifth betting shop in Uxbridge town centre.
Ladbrokes is applying to open its third shop in the town at 173 High Street, next to the main entrance to Uxbridge station.
The plans have attracted the concern of local businesses who do not see the need for another ‘bookie’s’ in the town.
PC Ian Wares, police licensing officer for Hillingdon borough, has submitted an objection, which will go before the council’s licensing sub-committee north on Thursday next week.
In it he states that a number of arrests have been made of people selling drugs around other bookmaker’s in the town.
“There are concerns that a fifth bookmaker’s may result in an increase of crime and anti-social behaviour, and with the location of the premises being at the main entrance of the Tube station it may become the focal point for this increase,” he said.
Hillingdon Council’s own deputy director of resident services, Nigel Dicker, urged the committee not to grant the licence, saying he felt insufficient conditions could be placed upon the applicant to meet the concerns of the police and people living nearby.
Councillor Judith Cooper (Con, Uxbridge South) has also expressed concerns.
Mike Crane, business development manager for town centre improvement body Uxbridge Forward, said he has consulted with businesses in the locality and had been asked to express their opposition.
One of those was John Cradduck, of Uxbridge Station Flowers in the High Street.
He said: “I’m sure the customers sat in Costa’s outside seating area would rather not be shoulder to shoulder with groups of football fans on match day going in and out to place bets.”
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