I suggested we limit number of betting shops and machines on our high streets. Ladbrokes CEO says they boost communities.What do you think?
London - UK and Africa
you are right the CE0 is wrong.
I would say they help folk into debt.
given that the staff work by themselves at night and are subjected to violent attacks... I don't think that they do!
they encourage gambling and create wrong image. Do not boost community
I'm with you... ...& highly sceptical of the view expressed by Ladbrokes CEO
Ladbrokes CEO says they boost communities.What do you think?> only If you win!
mixed feelings. as much as i hate seeing the less well off plough money into gambling, i also think it's important to have
North West England
they are a tax on the poor and the dumb
I say rubbish!! I also think a limit on charity shops, fast food restaurants and supermarkets!! You should see our town centre!
There are several in Stamford Hill and I don't see them add anything except a place for slightly unsavoury people to hand out
They have ruined Hackney. One every other shop, exploiting the poorest in our communities.
what an absolute load of rubbish!!! I think we need to open community hub coffee shops/cafes to bring back community centres
I think it shows a sign of the times unfortunately.People wanting a quick fix to a long problem.I think they cheapen an area too
Living on the Saxon Shoreway
better than empty shops, but worse than a charity shop!! They are usually faceless empty fronts!!! X
UK (England, sometimes Wales)
He justifies that how? I think the furtive looks of men coming out of betting shops is the same as those coming from porn shops!
Would love to know the reasoning given behind 'they boost communities' ?!!? Boost their profits more like...
Boost communities how? Coffee shops, local independents and libraries boost communities. Not gambling dens.
you seem to suggest we limit most things on the high street. If we follow your suggestions the towns would have more empty shops
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I think that's a cop out and all they do is cause misery And mis-fortune! X ps love your work x
they boost their pockets, not much else!
I think he is just another fat cat CEO that does not give a damn about anything but profit.
Ladbrookes CEO thinks the general public are idiots if s/he thinks we believe that tosh.
Leigh, Lancashire, England
think there are worse shops to limit such as cash for goods type stores
I agree with you. We should get shot of a lot and reduce the hours they are open.
Yes agree.. gambling massive problem too in #EnglandBritain.. anyway, there's enough #Online :)
Boost communities? I have never heard a more greedy self delusional statement! he obviously does not walk the streets!
Course he says that! It's his business. Regardless of the moral or ethical, or even economical question it raises.
since when has Ladbrokes been a Social Enterprise?
I don't think they boost a community. Its more of an undesirable part of any high st.
..betting can break communities?people bet in hope of a big win and better life, as there is no hope to make it any other way...
how do they boost communities?
Buxton, Derbyshire, UK
You are right, we need variety, not lazy conformity, as the saying goes 'You can have too much of a good thing'
high streets are just full of mobile phone shops, bookies and various chicken branded eateries! #justwhatweneed
London | King's Cross
Split my time between London + Amsterdam: Lon betting offices everywhere. Amsterdam v rare. Cultural as well as legislative.
they also prey on other addiction,as betting shops are never far from pubs.But,I did work in a bookies once,there is a community
Holmfirth west yorkshire
what a load of bollox. Its just somewhere that the dregs of society can hang out. Your next mission mary!
I agree with you! Gambling is not healthy, & should not be promoted
Irresponsible to encourage gambling when the recession has brought the country to its knees.
I think they boost Ladbrokes CEO Bonus is more like it. I agree with you less betting Shops on High street.
they absolutely don't boost communities. They sap the £ out of people who (mainly) cant afford to lose it. I think they prey on
o yea massive boost to the kids waiting outside for mum or dad for hope for a better day ,leaches !
Totally agree, I'm getting involved as part of our community to take over our local library from council to save it.
betting shops are and always will be seedy places that do nothing for the community
Bradford on Avon
NO they don't-variety, comedy walks, historic walks, activity, quality products that are unusual and locally made work
I do not agree, they not only spoil to look of our high streets but potentially cause misery to many families.
well, at this time, any shop is well come on our high streets,I think one factor against shops is high rents and rates
In #Derby, bookies and pawnbrokers/loan shops are the two big growth sectors on the high street. A sign of the (bad) times?
I suggest you let local communities choose what they want. Local People should take charge, not be told what to do by others.
anywhere I want
I think you're confusing personal taste with realistic, logical thought. Who is going to fill shops if u demonise this sector?
They would say that wouldn't they, we need less gambling and pay day shops and more social creative shops on the hIgh st
They boost communities of people who want to lose their money in dingy shops, so he's right
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I can see that having 2 bookies on a high st is good for competition but do we really need 4 or5?
There are 2 many villages in the Highlands with a betting shop¬ much else on the high street. How can that boost a community?
there should be a limit on all uses. #highstreet will only survive by offering good quality and a choice of reasons to visit.
I do not agree with Ladbrokes. They totally spoil the look of our high streets and potentially cause families a lot of misery.
And reduce the rates while the economy is flat, it would help people like me with a great idea but big barriers ahead!
i think that the Ladbrokes CEO would say that as he's the one taking home his customer's loosing bets, feeding their addiction!
I think it's still seen as tawdry. How can something which excludes children and some religions boost community?
Boost communities? We think not. We'd much rather see independent, innovative retailing.
More independent shops filled with beautiful goodies by talented and creative designers would make us all happier!
West Didsbury, Manchester
100% behind you here. how on earth do they boost our communities.....? i would like this explained to me! As i fail to see it
Bookies may be good or bad but if the problem is that 1 in 7 shops is empty, why are we talking about limiting numbers of some.?
That is the sole point of the pilots Wendy...pass the power back to communities. My review proposed limiting not banning them
Haringey has a high amount of bookies most of them in Tottenham one of the poorer parts of Haringey
I'd limit them to one, somewhere between a pub and the public loos.
They do not boost communities. Waste of money & time. It is an individual interest so how can it boost anything but debt?
A full shop unit is not always a good shop for the community
Crystal Palace, London
betting shops and payday loan shops. They pull down an area rather than support it. Less desirable for other businesses
On-line gambling will take over & render shops & machines unnecessary. In Vegas casinos now have on-line gambling facilities
Unbelievable comment! I imagine gambling destroys families thereby destroying communities. Get then off our highstreets.
How does a betting shop boost a community!!! Crazy!!
just boosts his profits..bankrupts communities
more like they boost the use of unemployment. Its packed out in the day and shut at night! What does this say !!
gambling addiction destroys people & thus communities It's sad that the betting shop retail model thrives whilst others struggle
Casual observation in S London suggests bookies attract a cultural mix of people who also socialise there. #Good. All day. #Bad.
not the sort of communities we need or indeed want
We have two bookies on our small high street,and two "arcades" with machines.Don't see how it boosts the community in any sense.
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we're right behind your suggestion!
Betting shops are, in some cases, the only shops left on the high street. Limiting them would create more boarded up outlets :(
don't like gambling think should be limited them a cash converters that seem to litter our British high street at the moment
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I'd like to hear their definition of "boost"
Mary I think they are an eyesore - get rid of them.
totaly agree the only things they boost is a gamblers habbit
Llandeilo Wales UK
Boost his Bank Balance more like!
we have 3 on one high street in Sale- they are awful; tax on poor, ugly, intimidating and excluding.
Godalming, surrey, uk
the CEO would say that. I'd say they bring an area down and attract the 'wrong sort'!
yehp, my highstreet is much the same. Along with several really unhealthy food chains!
Cardiff, United Kingdom
they only boost gambling addictions and their own profits
I disagree with him. There r too many betting shops, charity shops & estate agents. I live in a small town and we could have
Woking is full of bookies and estate agents, all the main shops are in the mall and the town has lost its heart. Really sad.
bangor co down
I heard that council was trying 2 get u 2 come 2 Bangor Co Down 2 try 2 sort the high st,true?
def not, but then flogging more clothes doesn't either!
Bookies provide somewhere to socialise, have a laugh, a few cups of tea and bond over a passion for sport. It is a community.
I've noticed that since where I live has become more deprived, more betting shops have arisen.
don't think they make a High Street look desirable..
Are you suggesting that betting shops are not the new Quaker meeting houses that they purported to be?
how can it boost the community when it encourages large groups of unemployed men to loiter and gamble away their benefits!
they boost communities' gambling habits. I think they should be restricted
London, United Kingdom
Thank you, finally someone is saying NO to these awful betting shops! They should be removed from High Streets for good
boost communities! Ha! Our high street has numerous bookies & chicken shops... Mmm I'd say no added value!
Dundee, Scotland, UK
they boost drunken sad singles commiserating indeed.
Rye, East Sussex
...also, "boost communities"? Is he having a laugh?!!
they should remove them from pubs too!.. Although the leisure groups won't like losing the £1000 they each make per week
I'm with you. Betting shops do not improve communities at all. We need more REAL SHOPS. I'd love a local haberdashers.
you can always from a bermuda triangle between a bookies, the job centre & wetherspoons
They fund each other!
usually people betting money they don't have to spare only the betting shop wins. No wonder he wants more.
It's always good to have a mix of shops but I'm sure high st's can 'boost' communities successfully without more betting shops!
somewhere in middle England
betting shops and machines don't boost communities; why does he think they do?
Kingston Upon Hull
what purpose does the library serve nowadays barring nostalgia value? There are much better ways to find info
more likely encourages people into becoming gambling addicts
Our District Council (Forest of Dean) are about to INTRODUCE parking charges!
I can't believe he said that! Bookies suck the life out of communities like leeches! #omg #denial #hardface
that is so true just because things are bad it doesn't mean people need addiction thrown at them #sadstateofaffairs
We have 4 bookies. 2 bang next to each other.
Find the claim difficult to support. Minimum employment, no exchange for goods that provide local economic multipliers
Punters prefer being at a bookies in person, rather than sitting alone online gambling. Surely a sign of wanting to belong?
the gov make far too much money from bookies to agree this, look the way they are trying to force the offshore companies back!
betting shops will be empty shop units of the future as it moves further online
Betting shops are fine. They are not MAKING people go in. Its called self control.
At this time of the year, the ones in our high street are full of people who just want to keep out of the cold. Free day out.
how do they boost societies? Seems to me that all they do is give false hope to the people that have no cash in the 1st place!
I would have thought they drain communities of money and the will to live...!
No coincidence that they sprout up in the poorer areas praying on the desparate i wholeheartedly agree with you Mary, too many!
there is nothing 'community' about gambling or gambling addiction.
UK & Dubai
Yes but what type of community? . This is Not what our high streets are lacking!
maybe if punters spend all their winnings in the local community - not likely!
how can any shop you can't see into boost anything? I always speed up to get past them
- Can't say that I have ever seen many community types in Ladbrokes or arcades!!
No way, I find the worse off the area the more Betting shops you have. Also, aren't we supposed to discourage gambling?
Earlier this week, head of the gambling trade assoc said "betting shops are the hub of many communities". Oh dear!
of course we need books but I hear shades of 'nanny state' creeping back in again. I
and that's from someone who fully utilises his local library
more like boost their bank balance #liningtheirownpockets
I think betting shops add as much interest & culture to the high St as cash for gold and cash credit shops do!
now the smoking is not contained it spoils the pavement too!
No to the CEO.City hi streets could do w'out betting shops, the Internet might sort that one. More cafes, meeting spots needed.
totally agree !! There are 4 betting shops in my town and little else its shocking
do you think we need more independent shops not chain stores selling the same stuff?!
In London, tutting.
I think he's talking out of his arse. They're parasites, basically.
No boost to my community, eye sore in my opinion and should be limited in numbers in most town centres
Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire.
Their bottom line more like.!
they boost communities getting into debt and becoming addicted.
Halifax, West Yorkshire
absolutely agree, it is awful and dare I say Charity shops to they are everywhere and make shopping centres appear like slums!
i think there are too many of them encouraging people to gamble
I say they make your area look cheap and do nothing for the community ..
kenmare, co. kerry
rubbish, they boost their bottom line
totally agree. Betting shop next to my shop, has caused all sorts of problems, very untidy!
how many of these places do we really need? How can they build communities when they only seem to house groups of men?
I agree with you betting shops should not be on the high street or next to local shops...
I live in Newmarket, and we have 12 betting shops! Check out this article, Mary. http://t.co/3w3Zzalr What do you think?!
and have people sitting at home gambling on the internet i.e not visiting the high street at all ?