Councillor Welcomes Moves To Control Bookies Planning Law

Ward 3 Councillor Math Campbell-Sturgess today welcomed news that the Scottish Government are introducing legislation to tackle the scourge of Payday Lenders and Bookmakers in our town-center.

He said “I very much welcome the news that Scotland’s Planning Minister Kevin Stewart MSP is introducing legislation to give local councils the power to reject new gambling and pay-day lending premises.”

“Along with my colleague, Greenock & Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan, I have campaigned to get these powers for several years. This is a brilliant early Christmas present for the hundreds of gambling charities and support organizations across Scotland who help pickup the pieces after people fall into debt and problem gambling after playing FOBT (Fixed Odds Betting Terminal)’s in bookmakers.”

He added “With these new powers, local councillors and communities will get a say on whether they wish a payday lender or bookmaker opening up shop in new premises or not.”

The Scottish Government press release can be found at the following link:

http://news.gov.scot/news/new-controls-on-pay-day-lending-and-betting-shops

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