Berkshire

Slough to review its 'no casino' policy

Slough residents have been asked to decide whether to renew or overturn the town's current "no casino" policy.

The Berkshire town's policy has been in place since 2006 with a public consultation every three years.

Council licensing manager Mick Sims said votes against a casino had been "overwhelming" each time.

He said Slough previously fell under a gambling law that prohibited casinos in towns with populations under 150,000, but this rule was quashed in 2007.

A council spokesperson said that considerations for not having a casino include "the effect on vulnerable people, personal and religious beliefs", while benefits could include "employment opportunities" and a "positive effect on the local economy".

Mr Sims said he could not pinpoint the reasons why Slough residents had been against a casino in the past.

Residents have until 1 May tosubmit their views.

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