Saturday, November 27, 2021

Tag: local politics

Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone: Problem gambling rates fall despite pandemic concerns

problem gambling survey
After 18 months of voicing unfounded concerns regarding the pandemic’s effect on problem gambling, the Gambling Commission has released new data showing the problem gambling rate has actually fallen in the last year, with online participation increasing only due to the National Lottery. Who’d have thought it? Clearly no-one as the figures continue to be tucked away by the regulator.

Derbyshire Council counts heavy cost of amusement planning appeal

Derbyshire Council, amusement, planning appeal, local politics
Derbyshire Dales District Council has opposed plans for an AGC in Ashbourne town centre, despite the application receiving full approval from the council’s own planning committee. Permission was denied for the former public toilet to be turned into an arcade offering gaming machines with maximum stakes of £1 and jackpots of £500, by seven votes to five. “Town centres should be...

Hastings Pier back in business

Hastings Pier, waves
Hastings Pier reopened last Saturday, after an electrical fire in the pier cafe put the attraction out of action for a week. It has been five months since the pier came under the new ownership of property magnate Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who has credited the “very quick thinking” of his staff in “minimising the damage” caused on the morning of...

Blackpool to put gambling policy out for public discourse, but what about local operators asks Higgit?

Blackpool, gambling policy, gambling, policy, local politics, politics
Councillors in Blackpool have announced an upcoming period of public consultation regarding local gambling regs - but operators like Chris Higgit have thus far been left out of the equation. A triennial review of policy pertaining to the issuance of gambling licences in Blackpool is to be put out for public consultation - but operators are struggling to find information...

Campaigners eke out more time in bid to keep Hastings Pier in community hands

Hastings Pier
With two private leisure operators just along the Sussex coast eying up the acquisition of Hastings’ architectural seafront jewel, the community group Friends of Hastings Pier have been given a glimmer of hope, time, to raise enough funds to be viewed as a serious bidder. The campaigners hoping to keep Hastings Pier in public ownership have been granted more time...

Adventure Island boss steps up pressure on Southend council

adventure island southend
Adventure Island owner Philip Miller has ramped up his criticism of Southend Borough Council over rises to car parking charges and business rates.   Earlier this month he took to Twitter to articulate his fears that the increases could see more recognisable retail brands leave the resort and hit visitor numbers. Now he has spoken to an Essex regional newspaper to put...