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Shock on the Golden Mile over panel's 'bizarre' decision

31 January 2007

BLACKPOOL, England -- As reported by The Guardian: "As Blackpool reeled in shock at the failure of a gamble on which it had staked so much, Manchester cheered its dark horse.

"...'A casino is not going to make a substantive difference to Manchester but it would have made a great difference to Blackpool,' said Alan Cavill, Blackpool council's head of corporate policy and development. Joan Humble, MP for Blackpool North, called the decision 'sad, bewildering, shocking'.

"...The council, however, hoped the number of casino licences would be raised and that Blackpool's turn would come, a view backed by the North West Development Agency. But others suggested two supercasinos would not be allowed so geographically close together..."

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