Deptford wants more betting shops. Like Blackheath needs more estate agents. Lewisham council recently refused planning permission for “Done Brothers (Cash Betting)” to build another betting shop in Deptford. There’s a lot of history here – check Deptford Dame for details.
The company are appealing against the decision, on the grounds that:
…there is nothing to suggest the use of the premises as a betting shop would cause harm in terms of anti-social behaviour, crime or disturbance to neighbouring residents and other users of the town centre. This reason for refusal is based on a subjective view of the type of people that use betting shops. There is no evidence that customers visiting betting shops are any more likely to cause harm in terms of antisocial behaviour, crime or disturbance than any other use present along Deptford High Street.
If you can find case studies, examples, or good evidence explaining why you think another betting shop would be a bad idea, please add them in the comments below, so that other people can use them in their emails.
UPDATED: Above is a Google Map, showing all the betting shops in Deptford. Made by Crossfields.