Thanks to a campaign by local residents, Labour councillors and Karen Buck MP, Westminster Council has rejected an application by BetFred to turn the Prince of Wales pub, Harrow Road into a betting shop.
Tim Roca, Labour’s candidate for the Harrow Road by-election said:
“I’m delighted Westminster Council has listened to local residents and said no to another betting shop on Harrow Road. This is a great first step, but the fight is not over. It is very likely that BetFred will appeal so we must be ready to continue our campaign through the planning appeal process.]
There are already several betting shops nearby, which is an unacceptable concentration. The committee agreed with residents and ourselves that a betting shop in such a prominent place would put vulnerable residents very much at risk. It would also blight local businesses. We need a proper balance of shops and facilities along the Harrow Road in the interests of a safe and thriving local community.
The building is local landmark and an important asset. It should be developed in a way which improves the junction and the whole Maida Hill Market area.”
Promoted by Andy Whitely on behalf of Tim Roca, both of 4g Shirland Road, W9