Manchester still hopeful of super-casino

The super-casino debacle rolls on. Following the announcement from new Prime Minister Gordon Brown that the government will review its policy, Manchester still remains hopeful it will eventually get its cherished super-casino.

Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, who met with Gordon Brown last week, was told that the idea for a casino was not “dead in the water”. The government will review its policy over the coming months in which Manchester will lobby its case to receive the super-casino it claims is rightfully theirs.

"We are looking forward to the review and making a powerful case,” said Sir Richard Leese.

"We and the government share the same objective, namely the delivery of thousands of jobs in east Manchester. The Prime Minister said that the review in September would allow a report that will look at gambling in our country - the incidence and prevalence of it and the social effects of it."

It estimated a supercasino would create nearly 3,000 new jobs for Manchester, generate £250 million investment for the area and about £100 million in tourism revenues.

Manchester was the surprise recommendation by the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) as the location for the UK’s first Las Vegas style casino ahead of Greenwich and Blackpool. But since then the proposals have received much criticism from the media and politicians alike, culminating with the House of Lords essentially halting the plans in their tracks and forcing a government rethink.

Whether or not the plans are in fact “dead in the water” or not remains to be seen. But what is certain, they will probably be struggling to tread water for the next few months waiting for their fate to be decided.

Editor, - 2007-07-25 11:23:47

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