Arcade operator Gavin Tresidder has submitted proposals to Westminster City Council’s licensing committee to convert a former bookmaker on Queensway into a new AGC.
If approved, the new site would be the smallest gambling centre in Westminster, with the shortest hours, after Tresidder amended the application following an initial planning refusal.
“Staff undergo extensive training before they are placed into one of our venues,” said Tressider, answering local concerns. “Our staff will ensure that the vulnerable will not have any access.”
The proposal also includes a customer service desk, mandatory ID checks and customer registration, with the layout of the centre allowing only seven customers to play at one time.
The initial plans had been refused due to residents including Councillor Margot Bright expressing fears the AGC “could be a magnet for addiction,” stating that Queensway is already “a hotspot” for crime.
However, lawyer Philip Kolvin, acting on behalf of Tresidder, rebuffed the criticisms. “The fears people have expressed will not come to fruition but if they do my client has the expertise to deal with them. Protecting vulnerable people is at the forefront of the gambling operation.” Westminster City Council’s licensing committee is expected to make a decision before next week.