Betting giant applies for extended opening hours - but opponents plead for council to reject plans (From Times Series)
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Betting giant Ladbrokes applies for extended opening hours in Hendon - but opponents plead for Barnet Council to reject plans
Betting giant Ladbrokes has applied to Barnet Council to extend the opening hours of two of its Hendon branches.
But a prospective council candidate for Labour says the local authority should do “everything in its power” to block the move.
Ladbrokes wants to increase the hours of branches in Central Circus and Watford Way by extending the licensed closing times from 10pm to midnight.
The council’s licensing committee is due to assess the applications on Thursday at a meeting where two members of the public are due to speak in opposition to the proposals.
Among them is prospective candidate for West Hendon Adam Langleben who says a “perfect storm” is brewing in the Hendon Central area with the large number of betting shops and an increase in the availability of cheap alcohol.
He believes the extended hours will lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour.
In his written objections to the applications, the Labour activist said: “I find it incredible that within the same town centre we now have two branches from the same chain of gambling stores – in this instance, Ladbrokes.
“Google maps indicates that it takes two minutes to walk between these two branches - it should be obvious to anyone that this is just wrong.
“The Council should do everything in its power to avoid awarding licenses to further companies in the Hendon Central area. It should stand up and defend local people from exploitation, specifically gambling shops and pay day lenders.”
Further objections were received from a second member of the public who claimed the extended opening hours could cause a public nuisance and may make the area more dangerous.
The licensing committee will meet at Hendon Town Hall, in The Burroughs, at 9.30am on Thursday.
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