Portland drops Homeview Crown Court appeal

Blackfriars Crown Court has informed campaigners against plans to convert Homeview Video in to a bookie, that Portland, the company behind the scheme, has dropped its Crown Court appeal. The appeal against the magistrate's initial verdict was due to be heard on January 21st.

The fate of the Brockley Road store is still uncertain though. Due to a change in the legislation, Portland was able to make a second application, directly to the Council. The Council also rejected their application, but it remains likely that Portland will appeal that decision - no date has yet been set for a hearing.

We have contacted Portland to ask them for a statement about their plans and will report any answer that we receive.

Thanks to one of the leading campaigners, Marisa, for the information.