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25 Jan 2013

Battle Residents Dealt A Crushing Blow - Gaming Centre Allowed

Battle residents have been dealt a crushing blow as the Government Inspector has allowed the gaming centre on the Oxford Road to be built despite huge community resistance. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement.

Reading Borough Council planning committee refused the planning application after hearing from residents, local community groups and all Battle councillors. We all had very real concerns about the effect of the gaming centre on vulnerable adults and the potential for anti-social behaviour.

So much for this Governments insistence that locals would have more control over their communities. This, along with the decision to allow planning permission for a Tesco opposite Oxford Road Community School, shows it's all just lip-service and empty words.

And where was the support from our MP when this application went to appeal?

The Government Inspector has ignored a communities concerns.

This was the article in The Reading Chronicle from when the planning application was refused:
http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/reading/articles/2012/06/06/60083-adult-gaming-centre-blocked/


Here is the appeal decision: http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2182699&coid=2099755

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