Blackpool Liberal Democrats have added their voice to calls for stronger action against the spread of betting shops on the high street.
The Government last week announced new measures including more planning controls for local councils in response to concerns about the number of bookies opening particularly in deprived areas.
There are currently 42 betting shops licensed in Blackpool, with 20 in the FY1 postcode which includes some of the town’s poorest residents.
Lib Dem councillor Douglas Green said: “Communities and councils have consistently called for tougher powers to address problems caused by the proliferation of betting shops and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals so we are pleased Lib Dems have listened to our concerns and the Government is taking action.
“This will be a significant step in the right direction. I urge the Government to implement these changes urgently. Areas of Blackpool are blighted by betting shops apparently feeding off the most vulnerable in our society, with the promise of get rich quick.”