April 14, 2011
day looms over Highbridge gambling arcade plans
final decision is expected to be made next week on plans to allow
a former tattoo shop in Highbridge to be converted into a new
District Council's Licensing and Gambling Panel will meet next
Wednesday (April 20th) to consider the proposed 'Casino Slots'
arcade at 2 Market Street.
meeting has been called after town councillors lodged an official
objection over Sedgemoor's decision to grant approval to the plans,
as first revealed by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
Burnham and Highbridge Town Council is objecting on the grounds
of protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being
harmed or exploited by gambling.
District Council approved the plans earlier this year, subject
to the opening hours being restricted to 9am to 6pm on Mondays
to Saturdays, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Steve Atkinson from Sedgemoor District Council said the restricted
opening hours had been put in place "to safeguard local residents
from noise and disturbance during unsocial hours."
The owner of the proposed arcade, Mr M Childs, has said that
no under-age gamblers will be permitted to use the gambling machines.
Sedgemoor District Council report on the plans can be viewed online