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Casino guidelines are laid down

Business owners hoping to win a licence to operate a casino in Hull will have to meet a set of criteria drawn up by the city council.

The city was awarded one of eight new licences for a casino in March 2006 and casino operators may be able to apply for the licence in December.

The city council's cabinet has drawn the criteria up.

Employing local people in jobs and for the building work to be complete by a set date are some of the conditions.

Other criteria include for the new casino to provide at least 125 retail, hotel and catering jobs.

Councillor John Robinson, portfolio holder for image and culture, said: "Cabinet members agreed the principles of the appraisal criteria that should be included when inviting applications from casino operators.

"We need to make sure that any proposed development would be appropriately located away from schools and youth centres."

The next stage in the process is for the licensing committee agree a scoring criteria for any applications and undertake any further consultation necessary.

The council said the earliest it expected to invite expressions of interest from casino operators would be in December.

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