A planned amusement arcade near Cork in the Republic of Ireland will go ahead despite objections raised by locals.
Planners have given the go-ahead for Perks Promotions to convert a former pub in Mitchelstown into a site for gaming similar to those it already operates in Cork city and surrounding towns Youghal and Midelton.
The authorisation comes despite a concerted effort from a local campaign group to prevent the operator from gaining a foothold in Mitchelstown. Concerned Citizens of Mitchelstown collected 1,000 signatures in their bid to block the new arcade, whilst citing a local ruling in 1984 which suggested the town was outside the jurisdiction of Ireland’s archaic Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956.
But Boxing Day saw a planning appeals board uphold the original decision of Cork County Council to approve Perk’s change-of-use application – with the claim that any potential breach of gambling legislation was a non-planning issue and therefore outside of its area of governance.