Manchester up for super-casino court battle with government

It appears as though Manchester and the government are hurtling towards a court battle if the government scraps plans for the super-casino once and for all.

When the initial plans for the 17 new casinos (8 small, 8 large and one super-casino) were blocked by the House of Lords, the government was forced back to the drawing board. And when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, the chances of any casinos being built looked less likely.

But the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has reviewed the original legislation and is expected to put it forward before the end of the year – with no super-casino in the proposal.

If that happens, it is expected that Manchester City Council will seek a judicial review, claiming that scrapping plans for a super-casino would contravene the Gambling Act (which stated there should be an even spread of casinos) and that the city never even had the chance to apply for one of the smaller casinos.

Manchester City Council believe that only a super-casino could offer the regeneration benefits needed in the area, with the creation of 3,500 jobs and an added extra £1 billion over 10 years to the Manchester economy.

When the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) chose Manchester as the location for the super-casino, they did so because they believed it was the area that most needed regeneration. If, as looks possible, Manchester gets no casino at all, then the irony will certainly not be lost on Manchester City Council.

Editor, - 2007-11-21 11:36:51

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