Tim has written to Westminster Council’s Planning Department to object:
Dear Westminster Planning Department,
Betfred planning application – former Prince of Wales pub on Harrow Road.
I am writing to object to the above application for change of use permission from Betfred, in order for a new betting shop to be located in premises at the former Prince of Wales pub on Harrow Road.
As you will be aware the local community is strongly against the change of the premises into a betting shop, and powerful representations were made by residents at Betfred’s recently declined licence application hearing on 2 July. This licence was also objected to by the Metropolitan Police, who raised concerns regarding anti-social behaviour, as well as local councillors and Karen Buck MP.
This building is a local landmark, located prominently which should be developed in a way which improves the whole Maida Hill Market area. We need a proper balance of shops and facilities along the Harrow Road in the interests of a safe and thriving local community.
It is of note that this would be the 8th betting shop within the area, an unacceptable concentration. This has to be of concern when a licence of a nearby betting shop (William Hill, Harrow Road) has been called in for review, and when a staggering £25 million has been lost to addictive fixed odds betting terminals in the City of Westminster in just the last 12 months.
Speaking to residents on the doorstep and seeing the campaign against Betfred’s licence application has made clear to me the strength of local feeling on this issue. In view of the clear arguments against, and the expressed feeling of the community I would strongly urge that this application be rejected.
Labour Candidate, Harrow Road Ward on Thursday 23rd July
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