Paddy Power wants to open a branch on the site of former pub The Lordship in Wood Green, north London.
But the bookmakers was turned down for a licensing application by Haringey Council in April this year.
However campaigners now fear the betting shop could become a reality after Paddy Power appealed the decision.Don't like betting shops. or betting? Don't go in. There! Problem solved!
Campaign group The Lordship N22 are calling on the council to find a loophole in the law and are hoping to get the pub listed as an asset of community value, giving it enhanced protection during the planning process.But does anyone else want it? Does anyone plan to turn it back into a pub? If not, all you've got is an empty building just ripe for invasion.
Heidi Saarinen, a lecturer, who lives in the area, told the Standard: “We want to do this to say stop – enough is enough. We can’t just be allowing these gambling companies to rip apart out communities.”How are they doing that? By providing jobs?
She added: “The many current betting shops, in the immediate stretch of Lordship Lane are attracting anti-social behaviour and creating negative environments with litter, loitering, noise and generally acting as magnets to all the negative issues that we, as a community, want to keep far away from our doorsteps, school and shopping routes.”So...you'd rather deal with squatters instead? Be careful what you wish for!