Following a permit refusal from the council for its new AGC site, operator Oasis Retail Services has successfully appealed the decision in court.
Derry court has granted permission for a new AGC to open in the city centre after a judge quashed the council’s decision to refuse the permit.
The decision was made at a hearing of the Court of Appeal at Derry Magistrates Court on 23 June, where Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said she had a number of concerns with the council’s reasons for refusing an amusement permit to Oasis Retail Services Ltd, and gave the green light to its proposed site on Shipquay Street, one of the city centre’s busiest thoroughfares.
“Oasis are very pleased with the Court’s decision to grant a gaming permit for Shipquay Street in Derry/Londonderry,” Martin Tremble, managing director for Ocean Retail Services explained. “It will be the latest new opening for our chain of premium quality ‘Oasis Gaming’ AGCs, to be located in the heart of the city with a floor space of approximately 4000 sq/ft. We will create 12 new jobs and invest significantly in fitting out and equipping the unit to a high standard. Oasis currently operate 10 AGCs, one FEC, and have extensive single site operations throughout Northern Ireland. Derry is the province’s second largest city and we look forward to providing the people of Derry the best available gaming facilities in Northern Ireland.”
Oasis Retail Services had applied for a permit for the premises in question, which has lain empty for 14 years, in 2014 and again in 2015. It came before the health and community committee of the council in February 2016, and was refused again.
Thankfully, in a victory for the high street consumer, business, and, many argue, common sense, Judge McCaffrey finally reversed the decision.
“Given the sort of service offered by Oasis, the scale of the proposed operation and the high standard of its premises, I consider that it will provide a different type of offering to that currently available and accordingly I grant the appeal,” she stated.
The company plans to install approximately 70 machines in the venue, investing around £250,000 overall in the new site.