Kilburn residents in battle to stop another adult amusement arcade from opening on high road
PUBLISHED: 20:00 18 March 2012
Jonathan Goldberg 07958 229 037
Concerns raised follwing claims that others in busy thoroughfare have attracted yobbish behaviour
An adult amusement arcade could open in the heart of Kilburn despite opposition from campaigners who fear it could bring trouble to the area.
More than 70 people and businesses have signed a petition against the arcade, planned for busy Kilburn High Road.
Barry Creasy, chairman of Kilburn Safer Neighbourhoods Team told the Times that there is “no need” for another arcade to be built, claiming others have attracted “yobbish” behaviour to the street.
He said: “We have had problems with other gaming centres of this ilk and there is already a high concentration of them in the area.”
There are currently a total of 23 amusement arcades along the high road.
Mr Creasy said: “In the past we have had people urinating in the streets outside and they have attracted yobbish behaviour.
“From past experience and what we have seen previously, I don’t think the area needs another one.”
Cllr Mary Arnold, Brent’s lead member for children and families and Kilburn ward councillor, also slammed the plans and said she objected in the “strongest terms”.
She said: “The proposed site is very close to the market and the Kilburn Square Co-op, which are both used by families. There are also many schools near the proposed site and the kind of behaviour we have seen before pose a danger to schoolchildren.
“Residents and shoppers have complained of endless problems of drinkers congregating and dropping litter in the area. She added: “We want Kilburn High Road to be a safe place for people to shop.”
It is believed the arcade would not seek a late licence and would close at 11pm if granted permission.
A council spokesman confirmed the plans were due to be discussed again at Brent Council at a later date.