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Roar Betting Ltd to open branch in Hendon Central
A seventh betting shop will open in Hendon Central after getting the go-ahead from Barnet Borough Council today.
Roar Betting Ltd will open a branch in Central Circus just a short walk from rival betting chains Paddy Power, Coral, Ladbrokes and Bet Fred.
People living in the area objected to the plans, saying another betting shop would increase anti-social behaviour.
Speaking at today’s licensing sub-committee meeting Colin Crone, who has lived in Hendon for 15 years, said: “In the past few years there has been a rise of betting shops and a bigger rise in anti-social behaviour.
“People hang around outside, there are often men urinating in flowerbeds. And my wife feels threatened because she gets asked for money.
“There’s also a lot of spitting outside and cigarette butts.”
Grace Lai, who has lived in Hendon for more than 20 years, agreed she often feels “threatened” when she walks past the shops.
She said: “My whole family use the high street to go to work or school and I think bringing more betting shops in the area will cause a lot of trouble.
“Seeing a lot of men standing outside smoking is very intimidating. I feel threatened - honestly.
“I really don’t see why we need one more betting shop.”
But John Morse, a solicitor representing Roar Betting, said their concerns were not grounds to reject the application, while company director Dominic Ford, emphasised it was not in their interest to have people loitering outside their premises.
After discussing the application, councillors Andreas Tambourides, Maureen Braun and Wendy Prentice gave their approval.
BBC Radio 4 contributor Lis Howell attended the meeting on behalf of her friend Colette Cooney who could not attend because she was at work.
She said: “Like many applications that go through, this is a farce. The councillors were toothless – they could have rejected it but they sheltered behind bad law.”
Mr Ford said: “I’m glad that the local authority can recognise the positive contribution towards employment and economic activity we can offer the area.
“We will be investing a large amount of money in the high street and will provide five new jobs.
“It is good for business to have a clean environment that everyone wants to come to and that’s what we will provide.”
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