A fourth betting shop for Redhill? Update

Betting shops are killing our communityThank you to everyone who has contacted me about the betting shop issue.

Many residents and local shopkeepers are unhappy at the prospect of a fourth betting shop opening in our town centre.

I’m glad to say that Conservative councillors support us on this issue too.

However, having discussed the issue with planning officers,  councillors, the police and others, I have regretfully concluded that we can’t stop this ‘change of use’ through the planning process.

The advice from the Council’s legal adviser is that refusing the permission would open the Council up to a risk of having costs awarded against us.

However there may be other ways to limit the spread of betting shops in our town, including through the licensing process.

I will continue to try to stop the betting shop and hope for advice from colleagues on this. And please do keep sending your comments and suggestions.

You can read my August article Does Redhill need another betting shop? here

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