Preston betting shop plan is lodged

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A bookmakers has applied to permanently keep its home on a major Preston Street.

Betsid, owned by entrepreneur Simon Rigby, has had a base on New Hall Lane, Fishwick, for the last year, under a temporary permission.

The planning regulation, currently, is because there are so many empty shops, you can open a bookies and then apply for permission any time over the next two years.

Simon Rigby

Now plans have been lodged for the permanent change of use of the building, previously a shop, so the bookmakers can continue to run.

Mr Rigby said: “The planning regulation, currently, is because there are so many empty shops, you can open a bookies and then apply for permission any time over the next two years.”

He said Betsid was at the other end of New Hall Lane to other bookmakers, and said: “It is a new application for that premises but it’s already been trading there for 12 months without cause for concern or incident.”

Coun Martyn Rawlinson, who represents Fishwick ward, said: “Three betting shops on New Hall Lane seems a bit much, but it is a long lane.

“Personally, I’m not wholly against bookmakers, what I am against is fixed odds betting terminals.”

He said the council didn’t have powers to stop betting shops, and said: “It’s better than an empty shop in my opinion.”

A statement from agents Paul Walton Associates to Preston Council said: “The proposed use will complement existing use types in the vicinity and, should permission be granted, will sustain and enhance the vitality and viability of the surrounding urban area.”