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Objections to betting shop plans in Holywell

HOLYWELL town councillors have objected to plans for a third betting shop in the town.

Maray Properties has applied for 32A High Street to be allowed a change of use from retail to become a bookmaker’s.

Cllr Karin Davies said: “Another one of these in the town makes a laughing stock of it.

“Especially with the way the economy is at the moment, I don’t think it’s reasonable to say yes to this. It should be a retail outlet.”

The shop is part of the former Williams TV store.

Mayor Cllr Peter Curtis said: “We are going to have hard times ahead of us and people will try to look at ways and means to alleviate their problems.

“I don’t think encouraging another house of gambling is the moral thing to do.

“The application might fit planning criteria but that doesn’t mean we can forget the rest.”

Cllr Robin Baker warned members that if the application was turned down for issues other than planning criteria it could be approved at appeal, with a cost to the county council.