Colindale councillors join protest to stop betting shop at Edition, NW9

Labour's Colindale councillors are supporting residents in their campaign to stop a Paddy Power betting shop opening at Plot 299 on the Edition development in Colindale.

Residents and councillors argue that the local community at the Edition and Pulse developments are mostly young professionals and families with young children and there is no demand for a betting shop in that location.

They are also concerned that the customers who would use the betting shop would come from further afield putting even more pressure on parking at these developments where there is already a lack of parking spaces for local residents.

A planning application for this betting shop was already refused by the Council, but Paddy Power are now trying through the licensing route.

There is already a Paddy Power betting shop a few minutes walk away on the A5.

Cllrs Nagus Narenthira, Gill Sargeant and Zakia Zubairi joined a protest of around 50 residents outside the Edition on the 10th June.

Cllr Narenthira said: "Opposition to this betting shop is very strong locally - more than 150 objections have been submitted to the Council against Paddy Power's application for a betting shop license here.

"Residents are concerned that the betting shop will bring anti-social behaviour including parking problems to a peaceful residential area.

"There is a need for many other facilities here - convenience store, newsagent, cafe to name just three - why should the residents have a betting shop they don't want or need foisted on them? It's just wrong."

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For more information contact Cllr Narenthira: cllr.n.narenthira@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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