An application for a High Street adult gaming centre (AGC) in Rotherham town centre has been refused.
Council officers were unhappy with the proposed 24 hour operation.
Cashino Gaming Ltd venues do not offer Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) like betting shops but instead contain machines that offer low stakes ranging from 10p to a maximum of £2 and bingo being played on tablets.
The change of use application would’ve seen Merkur Slots open in a vacant unit on Frederick Street, a former bookmakers.
Praesepe is a subsidiary of the €2.58 billion a year turonver, Gauselmann Group, that operate 700 venues across Europe under the Merkur Brand, including 170 AGCs in the UK under the Merkur Slots brand.
The applicants argued that there had been little interest from retailers in the unit since it was vacated in 2017 and that AGCs can “compliment retail and service uses and help to contribute to a town’s evening and night time economy.”
Despite the applicant stating that the AGCs are recognised town centre uses and are common town centre uses, Rotherham Council officers…