Is it time to consider a casino for Bangor?

| November 24, 2016 | Reply

casino in bangorI’ve put in a Notice of Motion for Council to consult widely on what you think about the idea of looking at bringing a Casino and Entertainment Centre similar to the one pictured which is in Milton Keynes, to Bangor.

With the potential of bringing 900 hospitality-based jobs to our town plus the impetus of a major hospitality development, I believe it is an idea worth considering.

I acknowledge that there are some inherent issues with gambling. But unlike the already present bookmakers, the quasi-casino that is the Palladium centre and online gambling sites, our Entertainment Centre and Casino would be required to pay a substantial licence fee directly to Council alongside providing financial support for support for people with addictions.

So here’s my Motion – I hope you feel able to support it.

This Council is supportive of the growth of our hospitality sector and recognises that jobs within this sector can help alleviate employment challenges for local job-seekers who might not have many qualifications or skills.

To facilitate the growth of our hospitality sector we believe it is imperative that opening hours for our restaurants, pubs and clubs are reviewed and modernised. As such we will write to the Minister for Communities requesting the further devolving licensing decisions to Councils.

We are further aware that there has been an interest expressed in building an Entertainment and Casino Complex within the Greater Belfast Area creating up to 900 new jobs.

We therefore task Officers to carry out wide-ranging public consultations to ascertain separately whether (a) residents and businesses in the Borough would welcome a review and possible revision of our licensing laws and opening hours, and (b) to measure the level of support for the development of an Entertainment and Casino Complex in Bangor.

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