Town hall gets fresh powers to stop new betting shops

Adrian Parkinson

Adrian Parkinson

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WIGAN Council is to be given more powers to prevent betting shops from opening in the borough.

Gambling firms who want to open up new outlets on the high street may find they are stopped from doing so under new plans to give local authorities more control over the make-up of their high streets.

Gambling campaigner Adrian Parkinson welcomed the changes - which will allow local authorities to reject planning applications - but said they do not go far enough.


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