Another bookies in Taunton as Paddy Power opens its doors

This is The West Country: The new Paddy Power bookmakers in North Street, Taunton. The new Paddy Power bookmakers in North Street, Taunton.

THE operators of a bookies which has just opened in Taunton, despite opposition from the council, say it will boost the community.

Paddy Power's move into the former Gamestation shop in North Street was originally blocked as there are already several betting shops around town.

But the Irish-based firm successfully appealed against Taunton Deane Council's refusal on the grounds of “over proliferation of non-retail units” and “adverse impact on the retail function of the town centre”.

A Government inspector concluded that the shop represented a “limited increase in non-retail uses” and would help “sustain the vitality and viability of the primary shopping area”.

Cllr Jefferson Horsley, LibDem Opposition leader at Deane House, said: “Having so many betting shops is a symptom of the fact we're not doing so well.

“Taunton enjoys fewer vacant shops than the national average but it shouldn't be about quantity - quality is what's important.

“People who come to Taunton expect a higher quality offer in the prime shopping area.”

A spokeswoman for the Conservativerun authority said: “Betting shops require a licence from the council in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005.

“But, unlike the planning process, the council is prevented from rejecting a licence application based on the current provision of such businesses in a location and is instead given other criteria upon which to judge an application, such as the applicant's ability to prevent the premises being used as a source of crime and disorder.

“Regardless of this decision-making process, there are safeguards built into the licensing regime aimed at protecting children and vulnerable adults which include self-exclusion schemes and making advice available to people who may suffer from a gambling problem.”

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Paddy Power is a responsible operator that takes proactive measures to offer a safe, responsible and enjoyable leisure experience for its customers and the community.

“Opening a new Paddy Power betting shop is a major local investment averaging around £260,000 per shop and creating on average five new jobs.

“At a time when the UK high street is facing unprecedented challenges due to the economic downturn and the emergence of out-of-town shopping centres, we believe we can make a positive contribution to local communities like Taunton.”

Free advice, support or counselling is available for anyone with a gambling problem through GamCare on 0808-8020133.

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11:31am Fri 18 Apr 14

SamF92 says...

A betting shop on the same road as The Money Shop. No wealth or value being created, only people siphoning off the wealth of others. Welcome to Thatcher's entrepreneurial society.
A betting shop on the same road as The Money Shop. No wealth or value being created, only people siphoning off the wealth of others. Welcome to Thatcher's entrepreneurial society. SamF92
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Fri 18 Apr 14

TauntonBloke29 says...

Total joke. Its dreadful on the high street. Each to their own and nothing against betting and those who do it, but I don't see why it should be in such a central position.
Total joke. Its dreadful on the high street. Each to their own and nothing against betting and those who do it, but I don't see why it should be in such a central position. TauntonBloke29
  • Score: 13

4:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Little_Owly says...

'A Government inspector concluded that the shop represented a “limited increase in non-retail uses” and would help “sustain the vitality and viability of the primary shopping area”. '

A bookies? Sustaining vitality? How do they work that out? In a primary shopping area? In a primary shopping area you want SHOPS. Not somewhere else for people to gamble.
'A Government inspector concluded that the shop represented a “limited increase in non-retail uses” and would help “sustain the vitality and viability of the primary shopping area”. ' A bookies? Sustaining vitality? How do they work that out? In a primary shopping area? In a primary shopping area you want SHOPS. Not somewhere else for people to gamble. Little_Owly
  • Score: 13

11:43am Sat 19 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

"boost the community"? Well, that's one way of saying 'give the scumbags somewhere else to loiter around the town', I suppose.
"boost the community"? Well, that's one way of saying 'give the scumbags somewhere else to loiter around the town', I suppose. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 10

3:50pm Sat 19 Apr 14

TrentPreacher says...

dear GreatOdin'sRaven
i work in a betting shop in the taunton deane area...scumbags? i count teachers,police officers,retired soldiers,charity workers,doctors and the like amongst my customers...i will be sure to inform them that someone out there simply brands them as scumbags!!
dear GreatOdin'sRaven i work in a betting shop in the taunton deane area...scumbags? i count teachers,police officers,retired soldiers,charity workers,doctors and the like amongst my customers...i will be sure to inform them that someone out there simply brands them as scumbags!! TrentPreacher
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6:05pm Sat 19 Apr 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

TrentPreacher wrote:
dear GreatOdin'sRaven
i work in a betting shop in the taunton deane area...scumbags? i count teachers,police officers,retired soldiers,charity workers,doctors and the like amongst my customers...i will be sure to inform them that someone out there simply brands them as scumbags!!
Well, that's one way to interpret what I said. But let's be realistic, shall we? We all know the sort of person I was referring to - the same sort of person you'd find hanging around in groups behind Debenhams, drunk, shouting, swearing, harrassing the public etc.
[quote][p][bold]TrentPreacher[/bold] wrote: dear GreatOdin'sRaven i work in a betting shop in the taunton deane area...scumbags? i count teachers,police officers,retired soldiers,charity workers,doctors and the like amongst my customers...i will be sure to inform them that someone out there simply brands them as scumbags!![/p][/quote]Well, that's one way to interpret what I said. But let's be realistic, shall we? We all know the sort of person I was referring to - the same sort of person you'd find hanging around in groups behind Debenhams, drunk, shouting, swearing, harrassing the public etc. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 11

4:47pm Sun 20 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

If I am not mistaken did their not used to be a bookies, William Hill in roughly the same area about 15 yrs ago?
If I am not mistaken did their not used to be a bookies, William Hill in roughly the same area about 15 yrs ago? swjoduk
  • Score: -3

4:54pm Sun 20 Apr 14

swjoduk says...

If I am not mistaken is their not a Ladbrookes and a Betfred on the same street so there is precedent
If I am not mistaken is their not a Ladbrookes and a Betfred on the same street so there is precedent swjoduk
  • Score: 0

10:41am Tue 22 Apr 14

Man of the people says...

It's supply and demand. just because a new bookies has opened doesn't mean suddenly hundreds of more people will gamble. They will just move from other bookies to this one. better than an empty shop front.
It's supply and demand. just because a new bookies has opened doesn't mean suddenly hundreds of more people will gamble. They will just move from other bookies to this one. better than an empty shop front. Man of the people
  • Score: 0

1:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Slow down! says...

Another bookies in Taunton

I wonder what the odds were on that happening?
Another bookies in Taunton I wonder what the odds were on that happening? Slow down!
  • Score: 2

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