Plans approved for bingo hall in Chesterfield town centre

Chesterfield Borough Council has approved a planning application to turn an empty unit in the town centre into a bingo hall.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:02 pm

Cashino Gaming Limited, trading as Merkur Slots, is set to breathe new life into 1-2 Steeplegate – which used to be a Burger King restaurant.

A spokesperson for Cashino Gaming Ltd said: “The application will see approximately £300,000 spent on the fit out.

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How the bingo premises could look. Picture by colinbridgesphotography.com.
How the bingo premises could look. Picture by colinbridgesphotography.com.

“It is anticipated that between eight and 12 jobs will be created by the project.

“Town centres across the UK have been decimated by the Covid pandemic and our aim is simple – we want to do our bit to reinvigorate high streets and get life in Britain back to normal as quickly as possible, while at the same time creating new jobs in the local areas.”

Documents supporting the planning application state: “The proposal involves the bringing back of a long-standing vacant unit into beneficial use.

“The proposed 24-hour opening is considered to be acceptable and will not give rise to any undue noise and disturbance to town centre residents.”

Burger King closed in Chesterfield town centre seven years ago.

The premises will contain bingo machines and tablets, not controversial fixed odds betting terminals.

The machines will offer low stakes of between 10p and £2.

The documents add: “Adult gaming centres are where people go to spend their spare change, have a game of bingo and enjoy their favourite pastime – these machines have been around for many years.”

Cashino Gaming Limited has also submitted a premises licence application under the Gambling Act 2005 to the council – this is yet to be decided.

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