Council urges end to 'bookie blight'
Newham Council is calling for planning laws to be tightened to end the 'Bookie Blight' that is stifling our high streets.
The council is backing the High Street First Campaign which calls for an end to the legal loophole that enables bookmakers to open premises without needing planning permission.
Newham is demanding action to halt anti-social behaviour and violent attacks on staff.
Betting shops are currently included in the same 'use class' as job centres, estate agents, pubs, takeaways and banks under planning law.