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South west makes its casino case
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Casino gambling could be on the cards for Gretna and Stranraer
Two towns in Dumfries and Galloway have been earmarked as potential sites for casino developments.

The local licensing board looks set to propose Gretna and Stranraer in the nationwide search for locations.

A report on the subject says that the region - with a population of just 147,000 - might not appear to be able to support such development.

It argues, however, that transport links and regeneration plans mean both towns could host small casinos.

The UK Government is proposing to issue a total of 17 new casino licences across Scotland, England and Wales.

Regeneration aim

These will include one new regional casino, eight large and eight small casinos.

The report to Dumfries and Galloway licensing board members highlights Stranraer's waterfront redevelopment and its ferry links with Northern Ireland as key to its casino potential.

Gretna's position on the motorway link between Scotland and England is also mentioned.

In addition, the border town is the target of regeneration efforts to combat the effects of the closure of the nearby Chapelcross nuclear plant.

If the licensing boards agree the move a submission will be made for one or both sites to be considered at national level.

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