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Battle Lines Drawn Over UK Casino Plan

4 September 2003

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Evening Star: "Battle lines are being drawn up over moves to open a casino in Felixstowe town centre – with campaigns launched both for and against the project.

"Although the word casino is not mentioned in the application to transform the bingo hall and cinema into a £3.2 million `mini resort', the owners have admitted it will contain one if government deregulation of the gaming industry allows.

"Earlier phases of the scheme for the Palace in Crescent Road though will see a 52-bedroom hotel built – ready for the casino's clients – along with a health and fitness club, bars, restaurant, and a bingo/entertainments complex.

"… This time Felixstowe Town Centre Residents' Association is hoping there will be even more objections – and has sent 1,000 leaflets to residents, shops and church leaders urging them to oppose the project.

"…But many people are already expressing support for the project.

"Lesley Purnell, who is planning to start a petition in favour of the venture, said Felixstowe desperately needed more quality hotel accommodation for the business community and rooms where seminars and meetings could be held…"

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