Racino plans submitted

Following last week’s announcement by the Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) on the new casinos to be built in the UK, it appears as though the small casino that was recommended for Wolverhampton could be located at a racecourse.

Current owners of Wolverhampton Racecourse, Arena Leisure, want to build a 170-room hotel and improve racing and conference facilities, all of which they hope will compliment the launch of a small casino.

The £23 million development plans will create approximately 280 new jobs, according to Arena Leisure.

CAP was impressed by Wolverhampton in its proposals for a small casino and have stated that if the casino ends up in a racecourse, it would offer a unique testing ground.

"Wolverhampton well satisfies all of our criteria and if the casino happens to end up at the racecourse it would add to its uniqueness and provide an interesting and unusual social impact test,” said CAP referring to Arena’s plans.

The application put forward by Arena needs the approval of Wolverhampton City Council once the Government has agreed to the recommendations of casino locations put forward by CAP.

“We are delighted that this planning application has been submitted,” said Mark Elliot, Arena chief executive.

"We've got a great development which protects the future of the course and provides amenities that are not currently available,” he added.

If successful, the UK’s first racino could be open by 2009.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-02-08 11:37:40

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