Concern over betting shop in residential area

s a rCollage: picture of hollywood Bets and flat abouve it.

Wynberg residents and police are concerned about the branch of Hollywood Bets that opened a few months ago on the corner of Main and Langley Road.

The betting shop seems to attract unsavoury characters into the Wynberg residential area. Both residents and police have seen or experienced drug deals going down just outside the shop. Recently there was an armed robbery at Hollywood Bets, which turned out to be an inside job.

According to Ward 62 councillor Liz Brunette the notice that the shop was planning to open, appeared in newspapers for only one day, on 4 December 2015.

As a result it was missed by most people, and the one person we are aware of who did see it and objected was overruled.

Its licence is valid for a year.

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3 Comments

  1. FYI

    Kind regards

    Karen

    *Karen Watkins | Journalist/Photographer: Constantiaberg Bulletin*

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    On 7 July 2016 at 08:02, Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers Association wrote:

    > Joan van Zyl posted: ” Wynberg residents and police are concerned about > the branch of Hollywood Bets that opened a few months ago on the corner of > Main and Langley Road. The betting shop seems to attract unsavoury > characters into the Wynberg residential area. Both reside” >

  2. Regarding the inspection of the Hollywood bets building. The building its self besides the garages in the building do not seem to be the problem, it’s the fact that Hollywood bets is there attracting the wrong element.
    I would like to suggest that the inspector come and inspect this area at different times of the day especially between about 11 and 12 pm and around 5pm, most definitely over a weekend. Also plse take pictures of the garage doors belonging to Langwyn house as we are sure this is also were all the rats are breeding. For those of us living in this road we see a very different picture. Is it not possible for the city to put up plate recognition cameras, but without being noticed as then you will understand what is really going on here.
    ID had their kiosk parked on the corner of Langley and main for a few days. Naturally everyone behaved to start with. But all back to the same dealing once the kiosk was gone in the evening. After a day or two it was noticed by a few of us that the students at the kiosk were playing on cell phones. We watched as the dealing happened between the parked cars while the kiosk was there.
    SAPS have informed us that the drugs being sold in the Wynberg area are between 70 and 100% pure. This is the big attraction for all the dealers. And all the gambling places in the area have become a good excuse to for these guys to be parked in the area.
    I could certainly post weekly pictures for those that would be interested.

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