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Open day for Scarborough casino

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Scarborough was granted one of 16 government licences for a casino

An open day is being held for potential investors and developers to find out more about a controversial second casino planned for Scarborough.

The town's council will shortly invite applications for a casino licence, which it was granted in 2007.

Those in favour of the development have said it will help boost Scarborough's image as a "premier tourist destination".

But opponents believe another casino could damage Scarborough's economy.

The council was given one of 16 government licences in 2007 for a small casino, which will offer jackpots of up to £4,000.

David Archer, strategic director at Scarborough Borough Council, said the authority saw the casino as part of broader renaissance plans for the town.

'Real potential'

He said: "There is a real potential for a casino to create new investment, new jobs and to broaden the offer of Scarborough as a premier tourist destination.

"I think it is entirely consistent with the town's image."

Labour councillor Eric Broadbent said he had spoken to some members of the public, including business leaders, who were were "very unhappy" about the prospect of another casino.

He said: "Over the last 12 months the financial world has imploded and I believe that if we go ahead with a second casino in Scarborough it will spell disaster for the original one.

"We would have two failing casinos in the town, which is not acceptable.

"Scarborough needs investment but we are expecting a second wave of recession, which will hit us in the next year.

"There will have to be dramatic cuts and I believe if we go ahead with this second casino it will make those cuts deeper and harder for people in Scarborough."

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