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Third time unlucky for casino

31 October 2006

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- As reported by the Scotsman: "A bid to open a casino on the site of a former bingo hall and dance venue in Fountainbridge has been knocked back by city licensing chiefs for the third time.

"Grosvenor Casinos tried to prove that Edinburgh had fewer gambling venues than any other city in Scotland in a bid to win approval for its plans for the former Mecca Bingo Hall and Palais de Danse.

"But the proposals have attracted protests from residents who fear such a move would lead to more antisocial behaviour in the area. The city's licensing board refused to back the plans on the basis they believe there are already enough casinos in the Capital.

"The application was originally lodged in March, when licensing chiefs turned it down on the grounds there was no significant demand for a new casino.

"Casino bosses appealed to the Sheriff Court, which ruled the licensing board should reconsider and give more evidence to back up any future refusal.

"...Councillors eventually voted by eight votes to five to turn down Grosvenor's application..."

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