South Ealing residents are fighting an application from Ladbrokes to set up a new betting shop in the area.
Ealing Council’s licensing committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss the application for the shop on South Ealing Road.
The council received a petition, launched in January, and signed by at least 64 locals, stating why they are opposed to the proposal.
Eleven betting shops are already trading in West Ealing, and there are currently 18 Ladbrokes branches across the borough.
The petition says residents are against the application “on grounds that it would be detrimental to the wellbeing and safety of children, and other elderly and vulnerable people in the locality. A betting shop will be an added all-day attraction to drinkers. The area at present has an on-going problem with street drinking, loitering, littering and using the area as a public toilet.”
“There have been frequent previous incidents involving groups of drinkers using these areas, especially the alleyways around the sheltered accommodation and the situation cannot be improved if a new betting shop is granted.”
Peter Craske of The Association of British Bookmakers said: “Betting shops are created in response to community demands, and at a time when so many businesses are closing down, betting shops are investing in the economy.”