Derry amusement arcade plan rejected by councillors
A planning application for a gambling arcade was thrown out by Derry and Strabane councillors - the second time they rejected attempts to open a gambling facility in the city centre.
The application which drew 117 objections was lodged by Derry Amusement and Gaming Ltd who proposed to move an existing business in William Street to a larger site on the same street. The rejection comes less than a week after a judge controversially upheld a challenge to the council's refusal of an application for a gambling arcade in Shipquay Street. Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey said she had a number of concerns with council's reasons for refusal and granted the appeal.
Around two dozen people attended a protest against the judge's ruling outside Londonderry Court House yesterday organised by the council's Independent councillors.
Among them was Warren Robinson who voiced fears of what impact such a facility could have on the city.