The Original Bowling Company has submitted plans to Colchester Council licensing sub-committee to install a number of gaming machines in its two units in the Northern Gateway development.
The submission, which covers its Hollywood Bowl and Puttstars sites, comes after the firm was granted a premises licence to host late-night mini-golf and bowling at the £50m leisure complex.
“If the plan is approved, 40 new machines would be located in both units,” reported the Daily Gazette. “A total of 35 in each unit would be category D machines.”
“Five in each unit would be category C machines, which are only suitable for over 18s.”
The Hollywood Bowl and Puttstar venues form part of the Northern Gateway’s substantial leisure offering, including a 12-screen Cineworld cinema, climbing centre, seven restaurants, and two drive-throughs, alongside a 90-bed Travelodge and a 750-space car park.
Though Colchester Council has not indicated what the outcome of the submission will be, Original Bowling Company is already licensed to play films, indoor sporting events, music, and dance shows indoors between 9am and 1.30am from Sunday to Thursday.
The two sites can also serve “late night refreshments” between 11pm and 2am from Sunday to Thursday, and 11pm to 3.30am on Friday and Saturday.