Sadiq Khan MP has opposed William Hill’s application for a licence under the Gambling Act 2005 at 9/10 Amen Corner, at the intersection between Mitcham Road and Southcroft Road.
Concerns raised by local residents include the proximity of the proposed site to local schools and also the fact that the position of the site may attract more on-street drinking and therefore lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour.
In his letter to the Council, Sadiq also addressed the historical character of the building. The proposed site is an iconic historical building, which is over one hundred years old. Residents believe that a gambling shop at this site would spoil the character of the building.
Sadiq’s objections also raised residents’ concerns that the increasing number of takeaways and off licences in the area will diminish the character of the neighbourhood.
Comments and objections can be made as part of a consultation by 15th November.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
"It is clear that local residents do not want a bookies at Amen Corner. If the application is successful we could see more anti-social behaviour and the loss of a fantastic historic building.
“I think it is really important that the council do not allow yet another bookies to open in Tooting, especially not in Amen Corner!
“The council needs to listen to what local residents want. It’s not too late to submit your objections, the consultation is open until 15th November.”