Belfast Telegraph

Council votes to ask public for views on casino plan

By John Mulgrew

Belfast City Council has voted in favour of launching a new public consultation into building a major casino complex here.

The council is asking for responses to revamping licensing laws and is also gauging interest in bringing a gambling development to the city, worth up to £300m, as revealed by the Belfast Telegraph.

The issue was voted on during a meeting of the strategic policy and resources committee meeting yesterday.

Alliance councillor Kate Nicholl welcomed the 12-week consultation, which will also look at Sunday trading hours and licensing.

"While Alliance has clear positions on licensing, we are keen to hear people's views on casinos, so I would encourage as many as possible to take part," she said.

It's understood two leading operators have already been in discussions with political and business representatives about constructing a hotel, restaurant, bar, water park and casino.

Industry giant Rank has already shown an interest.

Belfast Telegraph

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