Ever wanted to know how many betting shops there are in Southend’s town centre?
November 15, 2013 3 Comments
I have been asked on a couple of occasions whether I know many betting shops there are in Southend-on-Sea. Each time I have replied in the negative, and each time I have added that it feels like there are more than there used to be.
Last night I decided to do a quick survey of the High Street and the area immediately either side of it. I hope I have not missed any, the following table shows the betting shops I spotted.
|Paddy Power||Southchurch Road|
|William Hill||High Street|
Now, let’s kill the hyperbole – the High Street is not overrun with betting shops. However, quite whether seven in a reasonably small area is too many is a matter of opinion. I will be monitoring the situation to see whether we get an increase in years to come.
I did spot other establishments of a, ahem, certain type. No Wonga as yet.
|H & T Pawnbrokers||97 Southchurch Road|
|Cashconverters||42 Southchurch Road|
|Albemarle Bond pawnbrokers||28 Southchurch Road|
|Southend Discount Gold||High Street|
|The Money Shop pawnbroker||High Street|
|Alex John pawnbroker||Weston Road|
|The Pawnbroker||5 Alexandra Street|
There is a large question mark hanging over the High Street in regards to its future. Whether it is true or not there is a sense that it is a place falling prey to charity shops, cafes, pawnbrokers and betting shops. Whilst there are still the major brands present, my sense is that they are in retreat. Right or wrong, a High Street with increasing numbers of pawnbrokers, betting shops, and similar, looks like one in decline. There are likely many factors causing this, and whilst these may be beyond the wit of a politician to do much about, nonetheless one cannot but be concerned.