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Solihull Council to consult over casino plan

SOLIHULL Council is to consult the public on its gambling policy before awarding a licence for a major casino in the borough.

SOLIHULL Council is to consult the public on its gambling policy before awarding a licence for a major casino in the borough.

The council is backing a plan for a “large” casino with 150 slot machines and a maximum jackpot of £4,000, which is also supported by Birmingham City Council.

A bid for a regional (or super) casino, with 1,250 machines offering an unlimited jackpot, failed, but Solihull and 15 other local authorities were given the green light by the Government early last year for a smaller project.

The NEC Group has proposed a £90 million hotel and leisure development, including a casino, at its Bickenhill site in partnership with gaming company Genting Stanley.

But there is no guarantee the site will be chosen for a casino - it could be located anywhere in the borough. The council has a statutory duty to consider all proposals submitted by casino operators on their merits.

It has now started a public consultation on a draft gambling policy which will run until June 26.

People will have the opportunity to comment on the casino competition criteria and on the type of regeneration activity they think a would-be developer should be encouraged to propose.

Comments should be sent to Gavin Morrice, Public Protection Manager, PO Box 1833, Council House, Solihull MBC B91 9DZ or by e-mailing: gamblingpolicy@solihull.gov.uk.

 

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