[from Islington Tribune]
|Islington Tribune – by PETER GRUNER
Published: 17 October 2008
Storm over plans for ‘Vegas-style’ casino
HEADTEACHERS are backing a campaign opposing plans to turn an amusement arcade in Holloway into a “Vegas-style”, high-paying gambling casino.
[from Islington Gazette]
Bid to split gambling arcade into three rejected
22 October 2008
AN attempt to treble the number of high value gambling machines at an arcade by dividing it into three premises has been thrown out.
Agora arcade, in the old Nag’s Head pub in Seven Sisters Road, Holloway, opened despite protests from local people. The company provoked fresh fury by launching a bid to treble the number of high value machines on site by splitting the old pub in to three individual arcades.
Gambling law forbids having any more than four ‘Las Vegas-style’ machines – with a jackpot of £500 – in any one amusement arcade.
Director Matthew Deith thought that by splitting his arcade into three smaller ones, he could have 12 high value machines on site.
But councillors slammed him for trying to exploit a loophole in the law and rejected the application.
Councillor Ursula Woolley (Liberal Democrat) said: “This gambling company is blatantly trying to exploit a loophole in the law.
“What’s the point in having so-called rules if there are easy loopholes for gambling companies to use anyway?” Nigel Woodford, a prop-maker with two children at Grafton School – near to the arcade – told the meeting: “It is the same building, the same staff – to claim it is three different premises is a total sham.”
Under questioning, a lawyer representing Mr Deith admitted: “The purpose of the split is to put more high value machines in.
Reacting to the verdict, Mr Woodford said: “I did not expect it but I am absolutely delighted.”
Agora declined to comment but did not rule out an appeal.