NO! To Merkur Slots in Palmers Green

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As residents of Palmers Green, we are dismayed to learn that Enfield Council has granted a license to open a Merkur Slots gaming centre in the heart of Palmers Green High Street. We feel a slot machine arcade with a 24hr license will be detrimental to the area and will undo a lot of the positive work that local community groups have been doing to regenerate the high street and make it an appealing place for families to shop and access local amenities.

The planning and licensing application was made in December 2020 when we were in the middle of a national pandemic and Covid19 was at a peak. People were following government advice to stay at home and this drastically reduced opportunities for the community to be properly informed as the notices would not have had the amount of exposure expected in normal circumstances. Consequently, very few people would have been aware of the application for a 24hr gambling licence and plans for illuminated signage in the short time allowed. Furthermore, we feel Enfield Council did not follow the due process in respect of the notifications.

We feel we were not properly consulted or given a chance to raise objections due to the extreme circumstances of the pandemic and that this application has slipped under the radar unchallenged. We are proud of our local area and strongly object to yet another gambling establishment that we don't want or need. 

We call on Enfield Council to revoke this license and associated planning application with immediate effect.