Two new Coral betting shops are set to open near Tooting Broadway tube, less than 150 metres apart. This will take the number of betting shops in the Tooting constituency up to 24, compared with a national average of 14.
This latest application relates to 64 Tooting High Street. There is already an ongoing application from Coral to open a betting shop just around the corner, at the site of the old H Samuels at 17A Mitcham Road.
Local MP Sadiq Khan is calling for local councils to be given power to control the number of betting shops that open on our high streets – a power they don’t currently possess. He has called for betting shops to be placed in a separate class so that councils can use planning powers to control how many open.
Sadiq has raised objections to both applications to Wandsworth Council on behalf of the local community. He has urged the council to listen to residents’ concerns and to take action to encourage diversity on Wandsworth’s high streets.
Following government changes to the rules on high street planning, last year, which has made it easier for betting shops to open in our town centres, Sadiq Khan has recently launched his ‘Save Our High Street’ campaign. The campaign calls on the government to give more power to local residents to shape our high streets and the power to say NO to more betting shops.
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Sadiq Khan MP said:
“It is outrageous that we could soon see two more betting shops opening on our local high streets, and just moments away from each other. We already have too many, and certainly don’t want any more, and that is why I have been so vocal in my objections.
“From speaking to local residents and businesses, one thing is clear, our community has had enough. The time has come to give local people and local authorities the power to decide if they want to see betting shops on their high streets.
“The response to the ‘Save Our High Street’ campaign, with hundreds of people already adding their name to the petition in the last month, has demonstrated the strength of feeling against more betting shops. I would encourage people to sign the petition now – to send a clear message to both Wandsworth Council and the government; that we need to say no to more betting shops.”