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Paddy Power Looks To Take Over Town Centre Unit

Monday June 9 2014

BOOKMAKER Paddy Power is looking to take over a unit in Barnsley town centre that will see it wedged between two rival bookies.

The move was confirmed by Andrew Corbett, of Smiths Chartered Surveyors, which represents the landlord of 14 Peel Square, in between Bet Fred and William Hill.

It comes despite Paul McNicholas, who manages several town centre pubs, being granted permission to turn it in to an Irish bar last November.

Mr Corbett said Mr McNicholas didn't secure a deal with the landlord and 'speculatively' put in an application.

"It's a bit awkward because he never had a deal," he added. "He put the proposal to me and it wasn't good enough and in between Paddy Power came on the scene."

With regards to having a cluster of bookies, Mr Corbett added: "In a perfect world no landlord would want that but when you look at the market and the financial strength of the tenant, he has to do what he has to do.

"We have to deal with the reality."

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Reply Posted by me on Monday June 9 2014 at 13:42
Thats all Barnsley needs. On one hand the council are trying to make the place better with limited cash, and on the other hand more bookies. It,ll look lovely amongst the street art that was being promoted recently. Give me strength. I,d like to know whos got all money? How can our skint town and skint residents afford to use these bookies. Not me thats for sure.,

Reply Posted by i am glad i am not me.. on Monday June 9 2014 at 15:08

Reply Posted by tinker on Monday June 9 2014 at 15:11
There's a lot of ex miners in Barnsley with fabulous pit pensions and a lot of public sector workers who have been getting theirs at 55. It's these people with all the money in Barnsley! Believe me !

Reply Posted by 4ft11andshrinking on Monday June 9 2014 at 18:33
The writing is on the wall. Have you ever known a bookmaker to go bankrupt? Enough said!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday June 10 2014 at 17:42
Leave retired miners and pensioners out of it tinker, they've had to earn their retirement unlike many of the young slobs who hang around the town centre and Mandela gardens out of their heads on dope.!!!

Reply Posted by sharon on Wednesday June 11 2014 at 22:14
rather have betting shop in town than more pubs. causes too much trouble on a night in town.

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