UK- Swansea to move on ‘small’ despite Aspers threat – G3 Newswire

- 2020年4月20日

SwanseaCouncilisstilltoconsiderlicencinganewstyle‘small’casinodespitethecity’sleadingcasinolightsayingitmaybeforcedtoshutupshop。

AspersatSalubriousPlace,whichopenedits£13mgamingfloorin2007,hasannounceda90-dayconsultationwithworkersonproposalstoclosethegamblingvenue。

ChiefoperatingofficerofAspersRichardNoblesaid:“WehaveundertakenacomprehensivereviewoftheSwanseasitewhichhasdeterminedthatthecontinuedoperationofAspersinSwanseadoesnotseemtobecommerciallyviable。

WeopenedinSwanseainSeptember2007。

SwanseawasoneoftheUKseightcitiestobegrantedasmallcasinolicenceunderlegislationpassedin2005。

Forfiveyearsnowwehaveeagerlyawaitedtheopportunitytobidforthelicencewhichwouldhaveallowedustooperateamuchmoreviableandenhancedcustomerexperiencewithawiderofferthanatypicalcasino。

Unfortunately,thelicencehasstillnotbeenissuedfortender。



Mr。

Noblerevealedthecasino,whichhad7,000peoplesignupasmemberswhenitopened,hasalsobeenstrugglingdueto‘extremelychallengingtradingconditions。



“Combined,thesefactorshaveledustothedifficultdecisiontoconsultontheclosureoftheSwanseasite。

Ifthedecisionismadetoclosethebusiness,wewillworkcloselywiththoseaffectedtoofferredeploymentopportunities,”saidMr。

Noble。

Swanseacouncilsaiditwouldpressonwithitsintentiontolicencea‘small’licenceunderthe2005legislation,permitting80slotmachinesfourtimesthenumberallowedinexistingcasinosandwithjackpotsof£4,000。

Inastatement,itsaid:Thecounciliskeentomaximisetheregenerationpotentialthatasmallcasinolicencecanbringtothecity。

InSwansea,muchhasbeenachievedinpreparationforawardingalicencetoapotentialoperator。

Swanseaisoneof16localauthoritiestohavebeengrantedacasinolicence。

Atpresentonlytwoofthe16authoritieshaveawardedlicencestooperators。



Adraftapplicationpacktoattractinterestfromtheindustryhasbeenproducedandwillbepresentedtothelocalauthorityscabinetforapprovallaterthisyear。