CASHINO gambling arcade on North Street has been given permission to trade 24 hours a day.
Despite having some concerns Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee recommended approval for the application as it did not contravene planning policy. The application will also have to go through the council’s licensing committee but it has been granted permission to trade in the meantime.
Planning committee member Neil Sandison (Lib Dem, Eastlands), said: “I wasn’t happy with the proposal to allow gambling to take place in Rugby town centre 24 hours a day.
“My primary concerns were that there could be residents on North Street who may be affected by disturbances, particularly when the space above Natwest is converted into homes - a plan which received planning permission itself earlier this year.”
He added: “I’m also worried this could open the floodgates to more gambling shops in Rugby opening for 24 hours - people are going to have ethical concerns about this. We could be making a rod for our own backs with this.”
The application was submitted by Roger Etchells And Co of Ashby de la Zouch on behalf of Cashino Gaming Ltd.
It involves the removal of a planning condition contained in the original 1992 planning permission granted in June 1992.