The Bath and North East Council are to sit in May 2012 to discuss suitable partners for the Bath Casino venture and the small licence that is to be issued.
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Originally in the first stage applications there were four interested parties in the 2005 gaming act small Licence
Apollo Resorts and Leisure Limited
- Proposed site: A seven storey development (including lower ground floor) at the Walcot Street Cattle Market Car Park, Walcot Street, Bath. This is bordered by Walcot Street to the west, the river Avon the east and the Hilton Hotel to the south.
- Proposed site: Ground Mezzanine & Lower Ground Floor (With entrance from a new piazza off Walcot Street) of a proposed development on land currently known as Walcot Street Cattle Market Car Park, Walcot Street, Bath.
Global Gaming Ventures
- Proposed site: Former Sawclose Clinic and Gala Bingo Hall, Sawclose, Bath
Grosvenor Casinos Limited
- Proposed site : Existing car park bounded by Manvers Street to the west, walkway adjacent to the Police Station to the south and South Parade to the north, Bath
All applicants were originally approved for stage one and have been invited by the council to proceed to stage 2. Grosvenor & Gala decided not to take the application any further which just left the 2 newcomers to fight it out amongst themselves. The applications are to be reviewed by the Bath and North East Council this May and we all eagerly await there outcome.
Contenders for the Bath Casino licence are Appolo and Global.
The Bath Casino Licence
was 1 of 8 small licences to be issued under the 2005 gaming act
Summary of 2005 Gaming Act
The 2005 gambling Act has proposed that sixteen new casinos may be licensed in the UK. Those new casinos are divided into eight “small” and eight “large”
The bidding process has to be undertaken with the relevant local authority before any such casino can be established.
Under Section 175(4) of the Gambling Act 2005 the areas determined as potential locations for Large casinos are:
Kingston Upon Hull (Appolo Resorts)
Milton Keynes (Aspers)
Large casinos will be entitled to offer up to 150 category B1 gaming machines
and to provide betting and bingo.
Casino size between 1500m2 – 3500m2
Machine/Table ration of 5/1 up to a maximum
Under Section 175(4) of the Gambling Act 2005 the areas determined as potential locations for small casinos are:
Bath & North East Somerset
Dumfries & Galloway
Small casinos will be entitled to offer up to 80 category B1 gaming
machines and to provide betting but no bingo.
Machine table ratio 2-1 up to a maximum.
Size 500m2 -1500m2
Bath Casino, Gaming Town ! Spa Town !
Is this one licence to many or should we have a Casino in every major Town or City, have your say !