Are bookies better in the high street?

John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)

An argument brewing in Parliament is about whether there are too many bookies on the High Street.

In my view we are far better having bookies on the high street than we encouraging the increased opportunities for online gambling, where controls are pretty non-existent.

Most online gambling money will end up abroad, rather than creating jobs here and bookies attract people into our town centres. To be honest I would rather have bookies on Bridge Street than in isolated premises on our estates.

I met some amazing former soldiers, injured in Afghanistan this week. They had just rowed across the Atlantic raising a million pounds for charity.

It helps the rest of us remember the debt of gratitude we owe through the generations and why our annual Veterans Event on July 6th, sponsored by our local councillors, is so important.

Councillors get plenty of criticism, usually unwarranted, and yet much of their hard work goes unnoticed.

Their support for our Veterans Event is an example of how much they support our local community and it will be a pleasure to jointly put on the event with them at Welbeck Abbey in July. We will also have a beer tent with local Welbeck ales and hopefully summer should have properly started come July?

I re-read the report by Prince Charles Trust for the Built Community recently.

The data shows how people travel through Worksop and where people walk.

My preferred options for the bus station meet this criteria and I know that Bassetlaw Council are very aware of the reports findings.

The bus station must be either rebuilt where it is or put next to Queen Street Car Park.

Either option satisfies me on this count.

Keep those petitions coming in as we make a further push to get the money committed for a new bus station

But I know you will only believe it is happening when building work actually begins.