Casino plans for Bath are discussed by council

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A council meeting in Bath will decide on three applications for casinos in the city.

The council's licensing sub-committee has put aside three days to discuss applications from Apollo Leisure, Gala and Grosvenor Casinos.

Apollo wants to redevelop the old Cattle Market site on Walcot Street into a hotel and casino while Gala wants to develop the same site.

Grosvenor is looking at developing the Manvers Street car park.

The firm would add shops and a casino to the site next to the police station.

Ian Bell, from the Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the move would bring new jobs to the city.

"[There will be] new visitors and hopefully lots of people with great wads of money willing to spend it in the shops and attractions and the restaurants in Bath.

"I think people are concerned especially when you use the word gambling. We're obviously conscious of that and we don't want people to overstretch themselves in any way.

"But we have betting shops and there are plenty of ways in which you can lose your money.

"What we're reasonably confident about it is that it is a small-scale casino."

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