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Hastings council responds to UK casino panel

1 February 2007

HASTINGS, England – As reported by the Hastings Today: "Hastings Borough Council has expressed its dismay at the decision not to award the town a casino.

"The Council was criticised after ambitious plans to attract a Las Vegas style casino were knocked back on Tuesday.

"A report published by the body who made the decision, the Casino Advisory Panel, identified Hastings as 'without doubt one of the places in Britain in most need of regeneration' but shortcomings in the application resulted in eventual failure.

"The report said Hastings Council had done 'little to impress' them with its understanding of social problems and also criticised the Council's approach to bringing hard to reach groups into employment.

"…Council leader Peter Pragnell hit back, saying: 'We are extremely surprised and disappointed by the recommendations of the Casino Advisory Panel.'…"

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