An adult gaming center is offered in the empty premises of the Cash Generator payday loan store in Boston. Chongie Entertainment Ltd is applying for a change of use permit for the business in the High Street. The business would operate 24/7 and customers must be over 18 years old.
The Boston Borough Council bid follows a separate bid by Merkur Slots UK Ltd to open an adult gaming center in the former Clarks shoe store in Strait Bargate. JMS Planning & Development Ltd, said in a statement in support of the change of use application for the Cash Generator store which has been vacant since last August: “Chongie Entertainment Ltd is a new entrant to the UK cash center market. adult games.
“The company operates to the highest standards and is fully aware of its social responsibilities in relation to gambling issues which it takes very seriously. The application is to bring a vacant unit back into service in the city center and the Conservation Area. Other benefits include improving the vitality and liveability of downtown Boston as well as creating up to eight new jobs.”
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The planning statement adds that the store would be known as Little Vegas but will not have fixed odds betting terminals. He specifies: “The proposed use is quite different from the games rooms found “on the front” in seaside resorts in terms of appearance, equipment, clientele and impact.
“There would be no ‘amusement only’ machines such as video games and pinball machines which are intentionally loud to make them more appealing to a young clientele. The premises will be fully enclosed, discreet and ‘like a store’ and the effect and will be complementary in this downtown location
“The premises will be carpeted and laid out in an attractive manner. The storefront will incorporate a display to attract the interest of passers-by. The display can be compared favorably to those of many businesses and non-commercial uses. The characteristics of the proposed use make it perfectly suited to the proposed location.
“The adult gaming center will contain slot machines, which are subject to a strict legal code regarding payment. MCOs have never been allowed to use fixed odds betting terminals, which were once allowed in Overall, the proposed use would re-establish an active frontage on this part of the High Street and bring vacant housing back into use.
“The proposed AGC use will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing downtown activity supporting the evening and nighttime economy, in accordance with local plan policies.”
The company offers customers the option to self-exclude for set periods of time if players feel their game is spiraling out of control. Staff are also trained to spot signs of problem gambling, to engage with the customer and to follow up, for example by offering the option of self-exclusion.
Linda Taylor, 70, a retired agricultural trader, of Fishtoft, opposes the development application at 9 High Street. She said: “I am horrified. We already have too many adult gaming centers and similar premises in the town centre. The council told me there are currently four adult gaming centres, nine bookmakers and a bingo hall.
“The bookmakers also have slot machines and I’m told they are a very good income for the bookmakers. There are a number of empty stores in Boston, but I think you have to be careful what they contain, rather than just having the store Look where this latest adult game center is offered.
“Tourists come to take pictures of the White Hart Hotel, the river, the Stump and the city bridge at this location. They see what used to be Cash Generator and what will be an adult play center.”