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Bidders sought for Scarborough casino licence

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Scarborough was granted one of 16 government licences for a casino

Gambling businesses are to be invited to apply for a licence to run a second casino planned for Scarborough.

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

The authority said it would be among the first of the licensing authorities to invite applications for a licence.

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

An open day was held in the town last September for potential investors and developers to find out more about the casino.

David Archer, the council's strategic director, said in a report to cabinet: "It is the view of the Casino Project Board that despite the current economic climate, Scarborough Borough Council will benefit from being amongst the first to offer a 2005 Act casino licence.

"Anecdotal evidence from the casino industry suggests that there remains enough interest in the casino application process to support this decision and that to delay the process could see casino operators making investments in areas other than Scarborough."



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