How Many Betting Parlours Does King’s Cross Need?

Composite This morning, Sunday 25 Feb, I went over to Gray’s Inn Road to buy a paper and pastry.  On the corner of Birkenhead Street and Gray’s Inn Road I discovered some notices posted on signposts outside the former police station.

To my surprise, I found that these were notices for a planning application to Camden Council by William Hill to convert 345 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8PX from a Police Station to a Betting Shop.  In addition, the consultation period for this application had expired on 16 February.

If you want to see the actual application, go to the Camden website, look under Planning for Application No. 2007/0124 – Change of use from police station to betting shop (Class A2).

As it now appears local residents can no longer object to this application, I have asked our Councillor Paul Convery what, if anything, those interested can do to prevent what I perceive to be a further degradation of the area.  As King’s Cross already has the following betting and gaming establishments operating, can there be any justification for yet another.

Related Establishments Now Operating – Please see attached map (click photo at top of this post)

5-7 Euston Road

Better Betting
286-288 Pentonville Road

William Hill
258 Pentonville Road

Related – Gaming
Play 2 Win
1A Euston Road

I understand that Camden Council must accept all applications, but would hope that they too see that an additional establishment of this nature will send the wrong signal to proper shops that might reconsider locating in the area.  I have a hard time seeing the glorious future of a re-developed Channel Tunnel Rail Link, St. Pancras, and King’s Cross Stations, if the final neighbourhood is made up of pirate bookstores, sex shops, betting parlour and arcades!

I accept that this is a cross-border situation, but hope the members of Islington and exercise some control over this situation.

When i find out what next steps can be taken I will advise.

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