Paddy Power Wins Appeal Against Newham
LONDON, June 17, 2013
LONDON, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Paddy Power is pleased that the Judge has today upheld our appeal and granted
the licence for Green Street.
We welcome the fact that the confusion surrounding Primary Activity has been
clarified with Newham conceding during the proceedings that the 2005 Gambling
Act relates only to whether an operator provides genuine facilities for
betting. The Judge also noted that he, "believe[d] the concept to fall outside
the remit of the Local Authority."
In granting the licence, the judge said that he disagreed with the decision of
the sub-committee to reject the licence on the basis of crime & disorder which
was "wrong" on the evidence presented. He concluded that the granting of the
licence would be reasonably consistent with the licensing objective of
preventing crime and disorder. He also pointed to flaws in the crime
statistics relied on by Newham and lack of evidence to support the assertion
that betting shops in Newham are a source of crime or disorder.
Paddy Power makes a positive contribution to local communities in which it
operates. The UK high street is currently facing unprecedented challenges and
our expanding retail presence adds much needed vitality and footfall to
localities around the country as well as vital employment. Paddy Power is a
responsible operator that takes proactive measures to offer a safe and
responsible leisure experience for its customers and the community.
Paddy Power is committed to maintaining a close working relationship and open
dialogue with all of the local councils. We are committed to building our
relationship with Newham Council and do not want the community to lose out as
a result of this case. We have therefore decided to donate all costs awarded
to Paddy Power to charities working across Newham. We want to fund initiatives
that support the local community, particularly around up-skilling, getting
people into - and back into - work and social enterprise. We would like to set
up a meeting to discuss this with Newham Council and the local MP, Stephen
Timms to enable us to put the money to work as soon as possible. Media
Paddy Power plc Catherine Colloms Director of Corporate Affairs Tel:
+44(0)207-089-9700 ext. 4766 Mob: +44(0)7918-741847
Powerscourt: Claire Turvey / Ellie Sweeney Tel: +44(0)20-7250-1446
For a full copy of the Appeal Judgment, please request from Powerscourt:
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