Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Adult Gaming Shop

Battle councillors to oppose
24/7 Adult Gaming Centre 

It is proposed to turn this former Gym
into an Adult Gaming Centre

Reading Borough Council has received a planning application to turn the former Gym, on the corner of Connaught Road and Oxford Road, into an adult gaming centre. The applicant wants to trade 24 hours a day 7 days a week except Christmas day. How thoughtful ! 

My fellow Battle councillors and I believe an operation of this type opening on the Oxford Road would have a negative impact on our community. It is our view that a business such as this should be sited away from a residential area like ours. If this gaming centre is allowed to open there is a risk  that more could follow, frankly we would rather not take that risk, therefore we will be objecting to this application.

We have already received emails from a number of people who object for the following reasons: “Oxford Road already has enough problems related to drugs, alcohol and prostitution without the added problems which gambling will bring. There will be increased noise and possible anti-social behaviour”. We support this view.

Battle councillors in partnership with the local community have worked hard to improve the area over the last ten years. To allow this development would be a backward step.

If you would like to object to the application you should write to: Louisa Johnson, Planning Department, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7AE or email your objection to: - 

Please quote application reference: 12/00211/FUL
365-367 Oxford Road - adult gaming centre.

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