Betting shop idea attracts criticism

Worcester News: Betting shop idea attracts criticism Betting shop idea attracts criticism

A NEW betting shop is on the way to Worcester’s St Martin’s Quarter – leading to criticism it is the “wrong location” for it.

Ladbrokes wants to become the latest retailer to take up a shop in the £75 million development, joining the likes of Asda, Costa Coffee and health chain Fit4Free.

But Councillor Joy Squires says a betting shop is “not what was envisaged” for the landmark site in Lowesmoor and wants an urgent re-think over the strategy.

The developers have responded by telling your Worcester News there is “strong interest” from restaurants – and that a host of other names will follow.

Coun Squires, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Worcester, said: “I am concerned it is taking so long to attract the right sort of cafes and shops because when it opened we were promised a thriving St Martin’s Quarter.

“It is hard to know what the solution is because we get no information on what is actually happening down there, apart from when planning applications are submitted.

“A betting shop is not what was envisaged when the original vision was outlined for this area, and I think very few people will want it.”

She said she has “wider concerns” about people gambling, adding she hoped the quarter would be eventually home to a more varied leisure use.

Ladbrokes has submitted a planning application to the city council for a 1,030 sq ft shop and a decision is due by Wednesday, March 13. Bosses at the site have revealed there is “strong interest” from restaurants and are confident more retailers will come on board over the next few months.

Selwyn Rowley, from Carillion Richardson, said: “We are pleased that Ladbrokes as a successful leisure retailer will be opening soon in St Martin’s Quarter, as complement to Asda, B&M, Fit4Free and Costa, as it will add to the mixed use nature of the scheme and help it develop further as a successful destination for the city.

“We already have strong interest in restaurant uses for several units at St Martin’s Quarter and have further plans to bring forward a second phase which will be specifically aimed at restaurant and leisure uses.

“It will incorporate the area around the bed centre on the corner of City Walls Road and St Martin’s Gate, so we are encouraged to have support for this type of development.”

The development, which is anchored by Asda, has 284,000 sq ft of floor space and 26 units.

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9:51am Tue 12 Feb 13

spider666 says...

I very rarely bet and would probably never use this bookies but what's the problem with one going there.if you like a bet and are in the area fine,if not you walk on by.They will be paying business rates etc etc and paying their way.
I very rarely bet and would probably never use this bookies but what's the problem with one going there.if you like a bet and are in the area fine,if not you walk on by.They will be paying business rates etc etc and paying their way. spider666
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10:10am Tue 12 Feb 13

truth must out says...

Nice to see a variety of shops in an area instead of the same type lumped together......e.g estate agents in Foregate St, Indian restaurants in Upper Tything, antique shops in Tything!!!
Nice to see a variety of shops in an area instead of the same type lumped together......e.g estate agents in Foregate St, Indian restaurants in Upper Tything, antique shops in Tything!!! truth must out
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10:12am Tue 12 Feb 13

mr.meldrew says...

agree with spider666.we all have a choice....
agree with spider666.we all have a choice.... mr.meldrew
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10:12am Tue 12 Feb 13

marshall_bravestarr says...

I think the point is that this was supposed to be a thriving retail area. More restaurants and shops are needed to make St Martin's Quarter become so. As yet however, we just have another supermarket. As a gambler myself, do I want to see another betting shop? Definitely not. There are already seven or eight of them just half a mile away, making The Cross look more like a poor man's Vegas. And lets face it, with people struggling to find money to feed their kids, who are most likely to use them.
I think the point is that this was supposed to be a thriving retail area. More restaurants and shops are needed to make St Martin's Quarter become so. As yet however, we just have another supermarket. As a gambler myself, do I want to see another betting shop? Definitely not. There are already seven or eight of them just half a mile away, making The Cross look more like a poor man's Vegas. And lets face it, with people struggling to find money to feed their kids, who are most likely to use them. marshall_bravestarr
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10:12am Tue 12 Feb 13

marshall_bravestarr says...

I think the point is that this was supposed to be a thriving retail area. More restaurants and shops are needed to make St Martin's Quarter become so. As yet however, we just have another supermarket. As a gambler myself, do I want to see another betting shop? Definitely not. There are already seven or eight of them just half a mile away, making The Cross look more like a poor man's Vegas. And lets face it, with people struggling to find money to feed their kids, who are most likely to use them.
I think the point is that this was supposed to be a thriving retail area. More restaurants and shops are needed to make St Martin's Quarter become so. As yet however, we just have another supermarket. As a gambler myself, do I want to see another betting shop? Definitely not. There are already seven or eight of them just half a mile away, making The Cross look more like a poor man's Vegas. And lets face it, with people struggling to find money to feed their kids, who are most likely to use them. marshall_bravestarr
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10:15am Tue 12 Feb 13

Maggie Would says...

I was going to repeat what marshall-bravestarr said, I'm in full agreement with what he said, but he got in first.
I was going to repeat what marshall-bravestarr said, I'm in full agreement with what he said, but he got in first. Maggie Would
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10:20am Tue 12 Feb 13

marshall_bravestarr says...

Maggie Would wrote:
I was going to repeat what marshall-bravestarr said, I'm in full agreement with what he said, but he got in first.
Turns out I repeated myself anyway. **** mobile devices!
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: I was going to repeat what marshall-bravestarr said, I'm in full agreement with what he said, but he got in first.[/p][/quote]Turns out I repeated myself anyway. **** mobile devices! marshall_bravestarr
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1:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

mr_wilson15 says...

I hate St Martin's quarter. It's dank, dank and unimaginative. It's a glorified retail park in the city centre "anchored" by a grossly disproportionate supermarket that everyone has to drive to, and it has nothing to do with Worcester's High Street retail and eateries.
Opening a betting shop would further re-inforce my feelings towards the place!
I hate St Martin's quarter. It's dank, dank and unimaginative. It's a glorified retail park in the city centre "anchored" by a grossly disproportionate supermarket that everyone has to drive to, and it has nothing to do with Worcester's High Street retail and eateries. Opening a betting shop would further re-inforce my feelings towards the place! mr_wilson15
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1:27pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PaulMeUnder says...

After the betting shop it will just need a few charity shops and then it's perfect.
After the betting shop it will just need a few charity shops and then it's perfect. PaulMeUnder
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1:54pm Tue 12 Feb 13

nobby7 says...

And a pound shop!
And a pound shop! nobby7
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2:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Hwicce says...

nobby7 wrote:
And a pound shop!
They've got B&M
[quote][p][bold]nobby7[/bold] wrote: And a pound shop![/p][/quote]They've got B&M Hwicce
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10:18am Wed 13 Feb 13

nicki1967 says...

This story says to me that what was really hoped for is a place for more affluent shoppers to go. Seeing as they've already put Asda and B&M there, surely the more expensive retailers and eateries won't prosper. I'm not and never have been one for gambling but if cheaper shops are there what difference is another betting shop going to make. At least people will be able to do everything in the same place.
This story says to me that what was really hoped for is a place for more affluent shoppers to go. Seeing as they've already put Asda and B&M there, surely the more expensive retailers and eateries won't prosper. I'm not and never have been one for gambling but if cheaper shops are there what difference is another betting shop going to make. At least people will be able to do everything in the same place. nicki1967
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