Coventry refuses Shipley’s Arcade application

20/05/2011

The Coventry Telegraph reports that plans for an amusement arcade in Coventry have been turned down after fears of anti-social behaviour.

Shipley’s had wanted to move into a former opticians in Walsgrave Road, Ball Hill, but traders had opposed the change, calling for a shopkeeper to take over the premises.

Councillors were concerned losing a retail venue could be a step towards changing the character of the busy Ball Hill shopping area.

At a Coventry City Council planning meeting Councillor Hazel Sweet (Wyken, Labour) presented a petition of 93 traders opposing the Shipley’s arcade plan, saying: “There are places for amusement arcades – but this isn’t one of them.”

But a representative from Shipley’s told the planning committee the family-run business had an impeccable record for well-run amusement arcades and denied the venue would become a hangout for local youths.

Councillor Sucha Bains (Upper Stoke, Labour) said: “The Ball Hill centre has been very very popular in the city and has been one of its busiest centres.

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