Controversial gambling arcade in Highbridge closes down
controversial gambling arcade in Highbridge town centre has closed
down after failing to attract enough customers.
Slots opened in Market Street last autumn, after plans to convert
the former tattoo shop into a gaming arcade were approved last
June despite strong opposition from some local residents who
feared the business could increase anti-social behaviour.
Mike Childs told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Unfortunately
our footfall tailed off considerably and we are unable to cover
our overheads any more. We made our decision to close after eight
weeks of poor trading."
is a shame but we were up against strong competition from Burnham
and Bridgwater. We are now concentrating on other premises in
a busier area. We thank all our customers and hope to see them
at our new venture."
district councillor Joe Leach, who was one of several residents
opposed to the arcade, said: "This was a controversial opening
in the first place - perhaps a proper shop will open now?"
The signs outside Casino Slots in Market Street coming down as
it closed down (Pic: Phil Brewin)