We've got lots more uplifting stuff to write about in the coming days, but we may as well get this out of the way first...
Brockley's the subject of another license application for a betting shop - this time Ladbrokes on Lewisham Way:
Please be advised that the following premise has applied for a NEW Premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005.
Applied for a new Premises Licence for the following purposes – Betting Office
Representations should relate to one of the following licensing objectives
1. To prevent gambling from being a source of Crime & Disorder
2. To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
3. To protect children & other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gamblingPlease could you ensure that any representations reach us by 9th April 2008. Should you require further information please contact by reply.
Brockley Central is not opposed to betting shops in principle, it is all about balance and context in our view. Like Brockley Road, Lewisham Way seems to have plenty of bookies and is just beginning to show some green shoots of regeneration - Meze Mangal's planned expansion and Tesco Metro being the most obvious examples.
What does everyone think about this one?