Licence application for gambling……

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The Spike
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Licence application for gambling……

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Hi guys,

Has anyone noticed the application posted on the door of the old Santander shop at 53 Sydenham road by a company called ‘Merkur slots’?

It seems that they are proposing a slot machine haunt, what a shame for the shop to be turned into that if the license is approved. I know it’s been empty for ages but had hoped that we would get something that would be a benefit to the area instead of this.

I have emailed a strong objection to Lewisham Licence Department at ‘licensing@Lewisham.gov.uk’ and ask that anyone else who would rather not have that particular type of shop in the High Street to do the same please.

Objections need to be received by 15th Feb so not a lot of time…

Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Many thanks.
stuart
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There is a mention of it in the latest Sydenham Society Newsletter. They are looking for folks to object. You can view the newsletter online here:
https://mailchi.mp/4d7df95d2b26/187fqbx ... 7b827aad28
The Spike
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Thanks for that link.

Can you imagine having an unmanned premises open 24hrs dedicated to this, a nightmare for residents living close by.

I really hope local people will see that this is of no real benefit to the high street and object strongly.
JMLF
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100% agreed. I’m not averse to different businesses and things in the area that I don’t use/like if they contribute to the community etc. But in this case - it’s not providing much in the way of employment, gambling generally preys on those less fortunate and creates more social issues and being limited by age and quite a specific interest it doesn’t have the potential to serve as many members of the community as so many other types of businesses.
stuart
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We really need some guidance from those experienced in objecting to outline the valid reasons why the planning officer/committee can decline.

A moral stance against gambling is not going to cut much ice in a street already well bookmakered.

Anybody here from SydSoc who could encourage them to start a petition? I'm sure it would get support well outside their membership. Oh, and if we could have some support from our Mayoral candidates particularly from the one who is a shoe-in.
angela53
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This must not be allowed to happen, it`s the last thing Sydenham Road needs especially as open overnight
Please object
Parker1970
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If there are times it is unmanned, how is an age verification being completed? What is to stop a 15 year old going in?
stuart
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I think Thursday is the closing day for objections
JMLF
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I emailed the licensing folk and cc’d in the councillors and got a pretty quick response from both parties that they had recieved my email etc. Just thought would flag as Lewisham website was having some issues earlier today (at least). For ease here are all emails:

Licensing@lewisham.gov.uk
chris.best@lewisham.gov.uk
Jack.Lavery@lewisham.gov.uk
Liam.curran@lewisham.gov.uk
Watlington
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I am aware that other boroughs object to gambling due to its health harms and often involve their public health teams - I'll be using materials from London Councils and the LGA to inform my response, and this is quite a helpful example: https://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/doc ... ySlots.pdf

I wasn't able to use the online portal yesterday so hoping it works today.
JRW
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Can I suggest that people ask the Sydenham Safer Neighborhood police team to object to the license? The police statement is what really counts in licensing cases.
You can them on their contact portal at
https://www.met.police.uk/area/your-are ... -this-area

You can also direct them on twitter @MPSSydenham
broken_shaman
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This is their proposed illuminated shop sign for a business designed not to appeal to children.

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Parker1970
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broken_shaman wrote: 15 Feb 2024 13:39 This is their proposed illuminated shop sign for a business designed not to appeal to children.

Image
Mind Blown.
chrisj1948
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The Spike wrote: 9 Feb 2024 16:29 Can you imagine having an unmanned premises open 24hrs dedicated to this, a nightmare for residents living close by.
Is it actually unmanned? The application states that there will be 12 employees, and complimentary tea/coffee will be provided. I would object very strongly to unmanned opening, particularly through the night, which could and probably would lead to abuse of the premises for socially undesirable purposes. If manned 24/7 then I just think it would be no great asset for the High Street.

Regards
Chris
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