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News - 11 November 2004
|Should it come to Brighton?|
Letter to the editor: Do we dismiss the idea of casinos in Brighton & Hove out of hand?
Reading today’s Argus about the Conservatives and Greens proposals I am disappointed that this axis of inertia has once again jumped in to oppose progress in Brighton & Hove. We should all be investigating the huge opportunities for the City that a Casino gives us.
It could be the enabling project that rebuilds our sad west pier. It could bridge the funding gap to give us a New Brighton Centre. It will certainly add new hotels, restaurants and shops. It will certainly employ hundreds more people in the area. It will certainly contribute hugely to the well being of the whole community.
The economy of the City depends on a lively tourism base. It is now recognised by everyone that all the City’s successes compared with its duller neighbours along the south coast arise from its vibrant tourism offer. Without us constantly reinventing ourselves we cannot continue to be one of the winners in the race to attract tourists. The possibility of a large well run Casino, especially backed by the Hilton group, is a mouth-watering opportunity for Brighton & Hove. We should be sending petitions to its chief executive asking him to choose Brighton. And we most certainly should be rejecting all those groups who traditionally oppose everything but come up with no bold ideas themselves.
Roger Marlowe President Brighton and Hove Hotels Association
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