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17 February 2012

I applaud Rowena Davis for launching the ‘High Streets First’ campaign to give communities a say over the number of betting shops in their area. 

It’s completely ridiculous that bookies are in the same planning bracket as job centres! One helps the unemployed get back on their feet, while the other offers the promise of quick winnings, but is actually more likely to empty your pockets.

While a few lucky individuals may profit from gambling, overall bookies drain money from our poorest communities.  It’s also not good that children are growing up with high streets where so many of the businesses are ‘pay day’ loan shops, pawn brokers or bookies.

With all the talk about tackling gangs and youth crime, should we not be thinking about the type of environment our young are growing up in? It’s only right that we, the community, should have a say on businesses that don’t serve our interests.

Prem Goyal, Bermondsey.

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