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Ipswich: Welcome for new betting laws from council leader

08:00 01 May 2014

Ladbrokes recently opened a new shop in Dogs Head Street

Ladbrokes recently opened a new shop in Dogs Head Street

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Government proposals to bring in tough laws to curb the growth in betting shops have been welcomed by Ipswich Borough Council.

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Leader David Ellesmere said proposals that betting shops should require specific planning permission would make it much easier to restrict their growth.

But he acknowledged that a change in the law would not affect the current state of the high street, which has seen a big growth in the number of bookies that have opened in the town over recent years.

Local authorities are to be given more power to control the number of betting shops opening in their area as part of a government review of gambling policy.

Bookies who want to open shops will have to submit a planning application and local councils will be able to refuse applications and stop new betting shops opening in their area.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said local communities had expressed concerns about the clustering of betting shops on some high streets.

The current system classes a betting shop in the same category as a bank or estate agent, meaning they can open without the need for a planning application when a premises becomes vacant.

Mr Ellesmere said: “We have been powerless to stop the opening of new betting shops, and the Labour Party has been calling for this change for some time.

“I am pleased the government has finally listened to our concerns, but the horse has bolted somewhat. However I do think we have seen the high water mark of betting shops on the high street – so this is welcome.”

Planning minister Nick Boles said: “This Government is taking action to support healthy and vibrant local high streets.

“This is part of a wider set of measures designed to get empty and redundant buildings back into productive use and make it easier for valued town centre businesses like shops, banks and cafes to open new premises, while giving councils greater powers to tackle the harm to local amenity caused by a concentration of particular uses.”

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6 comments

  • On this topic, can also add in the legal inconsistencies of gambling. The Lottery, scratchcards etc in which you can be 16 to play a game of random chance, yet 18 to bet on sport, in which there is an element of skill involved.

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    BlueSuedeShoes

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Sarky Sage, waspie' s wife... this is all what politics is about. Its not so noticeable until you take a big interest in it. Similar legal inconsistencies include the age of consent (16) vs lawful age of nude photos (18) etc. the former should be raised in line. There has been major scandals such as supplying weapons to Iraq and shortly after going to war against them. We all have our own lives to live so we don't pay attention to all the spin and nonsense but literally politics is typically about a few power-freaks doing all they can to stay in power. Some aspects move forward or deteriorate, but lot of the time its all smoke and mirrors... making it seem like they are doing something. Changing something just to change it back, such as reclassifying cannabis multiple times over the years. Furthermore, like Ipswich Man says the council wont turn it down as its both income for them and a couple of jobs.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Ipswich Council will always say yes to more betting shops. They need companies to fill the empty shops to get their money in!!!

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • To Waspie's wife: As I grow older I am continually amazed at the dichotomies that governments and those in power are allowed to get away with. Even a fool can work out that if you allow excess tv advertising of, and permission for, gambling portals and lending companies, things will spiral out of control. Not just gambling : for instance, we are all fed up with telephone nuisance callers yet communications companies are allowed to continue to make money out of connecting them while we are told they "cant do anything" about foreign callers, which is at odds with the fact that when a major crime is committed they can soon pass relevant details to the police. Maybe we all celebrated our birthdays yesterday in the eyes of those in power. Invariably money is allowed to be made spuriously to prop up the economy until public outcry is loud enough that it can't be ignored and voila, the government start to take an active role to then appear to rescue us all from situations they have led us into in the first place. The best cobblers recently is that drivers will not be allowed to smoke in their own cars if accompanied by anyone under 18 leaving the ridiculous situation whereby a smoker over the age of 16 can sit in the same car and not commit an offence. Who dreams up this rubbish??!!

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Waspie's wife..Sarky Sarge couldn't agree more. We have the introduction of casino gambling, T.V gambling, internet gambling, the so called crack cocaine gambling machines you lose hundreds on in an instant. 24 hour drinking was introduced. We have pre-loading from supermarket cheap booze, A real problem with binge drinking then you have programmes like Newsnight highlighting the young who use payday loans for an evening out and using it to gamble on the net. All, alcohol, gambling problems, costing society dear. More betting shops in a town with pound and charity shops, that is really going to make things better isn't it?

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    waspie

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • This country makes me smile. First they allow betting shops and endless tv late night gambling and money lender adverts to be rife, then realise there's a problem with the weak minded getting into debt. Derr. Watchdog programmes herald the problems of borrowing from payday loan companies yet the word BAN never seems to come to the minds of anyone in power. Well I AM surprised. All done to superficially prop up the country's economy. Then you get the latest chest health warning about diesel vehicles which is indistinguishable as a cause from the effects of so called passive smoking. Associated alcohol problems cost the taxpayer 8 billion PA more than smoking yet nothing serious is done to outlaw drinking the way smoking has been targeted. No wonder people, who can, emigrate.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

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