Sandwell Council has given the green light to plans for a new AGC in Smethwick town centre, after its licensing committee recommended the conversion of the former NatWest earlier this year.
East Kent Leasing Ltd was granted a licence to open in the Bearwood Road venue in September, with the committee’s chair stating he was “personally happy” to support the proposal.
“The applicant demonstrated that they operate their business with integrity, due care and diligence with necessary systems in place to combat crime and disorder,” said Peter Allen at the time.
“Written policies and procedures are in place concerning the handling of cash and cash equivalents designed to minimise the risk of crime, such as money laundering and the avoidance of illicit credit.”
London-based East Kent Leasing will now convert the former bank – which has been vacant for two years – in order to reopen it as Palace Amusements in the new year, serving players daily between 8am and 11pm.
The unit is located between a Peacocks clothes shop and the British Heart Foundation on the town’s high street, an area Allen added he would like to see become a “hub of the night time economy.”