Dome Casino Group Apologise to Faith Group

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) the company seeking to develop the Millennium Dome into the countries first supercasino is facing fresh controversy today. The group has been forced to apologise to local religious leaders for misrepresenting their views.

AEG had previously claimed in documents posted on a government website that the Greenwich Peninsula Chaplaincy, which represents the areas different faiths welcomed “the creation of 4,600 jobs” by the planned casino. However the chaplaincy  has complained that they have serious reservations about gambling as a whole and more importantly about the kind of jobs that will be created.

This is just the latest controversy to hit the Millennium Dome regeneration project which has been in the press since The Times newspaper disclosed the rather close relationship that exists between the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott and Philip Anschutz, the American billionaire who owns AEG. The pair have met each other several times and Prescott has even enjoyed a two night stay last year at Anschutz’s Colorado ranch. However Prescott has always strongly denied any impropriety in his contacts with Mr Anschutz.

This latest controversy comes at an embarrassing time for AEG, just a few days before this weeks public hearings at which casino proposals from six different locations, including the Dome will be heard as part of the selection process to see who will be awarded the very first licence to develop the very first Las Vegas style supercasino in the UK.

As previously reported on news AEG have jumped the gun and already built the shell of a supercasino inside the Dome before the government Casino Advisory Panel made a decision on who will receive the license to build the supercasino.

Editor, - 2006-08-30 10:55:04

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