A planning application will be heard on Monday for the development of a new ‘amusement’ centre on Lord Street in the town centre. The proposed development will mean that its the second gambling outlet of its kind on the row, with a William Hill bookmakers already on the street.
The proposed premises will contain an ‘unlicensed family entertainment centre’, known as a FEC, which operate under a Gaming Machine Permit. This covers the use of gaming machines that operate a £5 jackpot limit and a maximum 10p stake per play. Pictured above is a suggested layout of the premises.
The Gambling Comission says Family Entertainment Centres are “most commonly located at seaside resorts, in airports, and at motorway service centres. FECs cater for families, including unaccompanied children and young people.”
There is an objection to the new development as there is already a similar unit on the row, alongside the fact the street does not provide a range of diverse trade.
Currently there are 13 retail units on Lord Street, with just 3 of them unoccupied by non-retail purposes. These are two banks and the William Hill bookmakers. The development will mean that just under a third of the units will be unoccupied by retail.
The proposed opening hours of the development will be 9am – 7pm on weekdays and Saturdays and 10am – 6pm on Sundays.