In response to the Gaming Bill the Green party and the Conservative Group have joined together to force a motion banning any future development of mega-casinos in the city at the next full Council meeting on November 25th.
Planning laws do not allow the Council to rule out casinos per se but the motion, if passed, would oblige the local authority to request that the relaxation of laws governing gaming to be dropped (see earlier stories in Knowledgebase).
The Hilton Group, which has two seafront hotels in the city, has already indicated that Brighton would be a favoured location for one of the £200m super-casinos envisaged which supporters of the Bill suggest would create hundreds of jobs and provide much needed regeneration funds.
However the Greens and the Tories, who between them have enough votes to carry the motion, are against the expansion of the city’s gambling offer because it is potentially damaging to the public good.
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