I, like many Brent residents, am deeply concerned with the rise in betting and gambling shops appearing on our high streets. Most recently permission has been provisionally granted for yet another shop located on Harlesden High Street, yet further adding to the large clustering of these shops in a very small area.
I am proud of our high streets in Brent, with many diverse and independent stores across the borough run by families for generations. However, the prevalence of these betting shops has given rise to anti-social behaviour and street drinking. These shop openings are sadly at sites where our more vulnerable members of the community are located.
I want to see action taken to reduce the prevalence of these stores on our wonderful high streets. That is why next month I will be submitting my case to the Government’s Gambling Review, calling on an immediate change to the law to give local authorities and communities more of a control over where these shops are based.
I would also like to hear from you. I want to hear your experience of how having so many betting shops has impacted the Brent community and how it has affected you and your family. I will submit your personal experiences alongside my submission to show the Government the human impact of gambling and gambling stores.
So if you would like to have your say then fill the form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and as ever if you ever require assistance from my office please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.