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England: Bets are off as Barnet gambling centre is rejected

3 November 2008

ARNET, England -- As reported by The Barnet and Potters Bar Times: "Opponents of a proposed gambling joint in Barnet were celebrating after it was denied planning permission this week, but they fear it could win on appeal.

"Around 70 residents attended Monday's Chipping Barnet planning meeting to object to the conversion of a High Street Mothercare store into a betting centre.

"The Agora Gaming Ltd application was denied on the grounds it could discourage future retailers and increase crime.

"There were concerns the centre would attract under-age customers, encourage gambling, destroy the character of the community, and create noise.

"...An Agora spokesman called residents' concerns 'unfounded..."

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