Tuesday, April 11, 2023

News: Merkur Slots turned down for 24 hour opening hours at Rotherham gaming centre


Merkur Slots, which opened in a vacant unit in Rotherham town centre last year following a partly successful planning appeal, has seen new plans to open 24 hours a day refused by Rotherham Council.

In 2021 Cashino Gaming Ltd was refused planning permission in Rotherham for a High Street adult gaming centre (AGC) as council officers were unhappy with the proposed 24 hour operation.

The venues do not offer Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) like betting shops but instead contain machines that offer low stakes and bingo being played on tablets.

At appeal the adult gaming centre was given the green light for a former bookmakers on Frederick Street, but instead of being a 24 hour operation, a condition stated that open hours for customers or for deliveries are to be between the hours of 8am and midnight.

A new planning application was submitted in February 2023 with the planning consultants asking for consistency from Rotherham Council given that Noble Amusements Ltd on Effingham Street did not have its opening hours restricted when planning permission was granted 20 years ago, enabling 24-hour operation. The site is now operated by Admiral 24/7.

The application states: "It is clear that Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council have welcomed 24-hour operation within the Town Centre and a precedent has been set."

In its representation Merkur included noise assessments showing no detrimental impacts from its "smart, well-run establishments."

Consultants at Planning Potential for the applicants, said: "Merkur Slots typically operate 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Whilst longer hours of operation are sought, it is important to consider that Merkur noise levels are generally very low and impacts on disturbance to surrounding residences are effectively mitigated and minimal. For example ... only background music is played within venues (similar to shops) and there are no tannoy systems. Further, the late-night customer base is predominately late shift workers looking to relax and larger groups are very rare due to the offer within the Adult Gaming Centre. As such, the nature of the use proposed would not result in adverse noise in night-time hours and the use is appropriate to the Town Centre context."

In refusing the new application, planning officers at Rotherham Council said: "The Council considers that a 24hr operation would result in additional activity and general disturbance to local residents in an area where uses opening beyond midnight is not encouraged" adding that the proposal is considered to be contrary to national and local planning policies.

If the application is to be appealed again, Merkur will hope for a different planning inspector who could not support operation through the night in the intitial application, concluding that it "would create additional activity at a time when local residents would expect a quieter environment at such times."

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Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 2:59 PM  

Too many bandits about already

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 3:41 PM  

Not that I would frequent a place like this,but town centres are now 24hour entertainment places,casinos open 24hours, obviously a place like Rotherham would never get a casinos with a council like it has,when I want t go to casino for a little flutter I have to go to Sheffield or sometimes Huddersfield...yes Huddersfield, Rotherham is so backward,but it's to expected with council we have,make no wonder Rotherham's nightlife is dead and we have to go elsewhere,it's almost like that's what RMBC wants!

Anonymous,  April 11, 2023 at 6:56 PM  

Isn't the casino in Huddersfield the one that was featured on Look North recently, where they have "Grab a Granny" bingo afternoons for out of towners?

Anonymous,  April 12, 2023 at 6:38 AM  

You actually travel from Rotherham to Huddersfield to gamble?

Anonymous,  April 12, 2023 at 6:42 AM  

If Rotherham doesn't have a casino because of our council then it is just possible that our beloved leaders have done something right. I will be sending a consignment of carrots to the town hall forthwith.

Anonymous,  April 12, 2023 at 2:13 PM  

Yes, I think so. Locals won't go anywhere near the place and it relies on pensioners from Rotherham and Doncaster who are daft enough to travel there

Anonymous,  April 12, 2023 at 8:49 PM  

Under my business plans I going to build a casinos in Rotherham what will be part of Rotherham Entertainment park

Anonymous,  April 13, 2023 at 7:19 AM  

What's "a casinos"?

Anonymous,  April 13, 2023 at 7:35 AM  

I think I've heard my brother in law mention that. Apparently Huddersfield put on a free bus from Eastwood Trading Estate

Anonymous,  April 13, 2023 at 7:07 PM  

No, they've knocked it off now due to "undesirable elements" visiting the casino from Rotherham,a spokesman for the casino said

Anonymous,  April 14, 2023 at 7:28 AM  

I agree with the sentiments of the guy who wants an all night casino in the middle of town. Also, I think it should be compulsory for banks, building societies, charity shops, chemists, hairdressers and tattoo parlours to remain open 24 hours a day. That way the town centre wouldn't be so congested during the hours of 9 to 5 would it?

Anonymous,  April 14, 2023 at 3:32 PM  

Why is that council doing something right? Firstly Casino's are legal.Secondly as an adult,why shouldn't I choose to go to a casino?Why is a casino a bad thing?Please explain

Anonymous,  April 14, 2023 at 3:39 PM  

Nothing wrong with the Grosvenor casino in Huddersfield,I've visited many times also Grosvenor in Bolton,when working over there ..you see ont have to be a big city to have casino's,they simply part of evening entertainment for adults.unfortunatelywe have a council who didn't believe in adults making the choice,same goes for them,closing lap dancing clubs down,they're control freaks,who don't believe in choice..yet label others facists..when in reality that's what Rotherham s labour regime is!

Anonymous,  April 15, 2023 at 6:40 AM  

There were protests too from the citizens of Huddersfield. An angry crowd gathered the last time a Rotherham bus arrived and chanted "We are a local casinos for local people".

Anonymous,  April 15, 2023 at 9:33 AM  

Yes the council must be fascists to deny upright citizens the right to frequent lap dancing establishments so that they can ogle girls young enough to be their granddaughters. Just what is the world coming to when upright citizens like the last poster have to go to places like Bolton and Huddersfield for their entertainment? It's an absolute disgrace. Before you know it they will be banning the children of asylum seekers climbing up our chimneys to clean them.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2023 at 9:12 AM  

Can't blame Huddersfield folk not wanting our riff raff just because we don't have a casinos.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2023 at 9:51 AM  

Can't understand the clamour for a casino. We have all the elements in town centre anyway. We have about 40 betting shops, slots with saunas, and if you fancy Russian Roulette you can always pop for a pint in the County

Anonymous,  April 16, 2023 at 2:01 PM  

Actually mate the County ain't that bad. The punters who stand outside swearing and shouting give the place a bad name but I bet there aren't many pubs with cleaner spittoons than the County.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2023 at 2:35 PM  

Whilst on the subject of Rotherham pubs, the town centre has lost an awful lot in the past 20 years or so. I can remember the Falstaff, Comedian, Charter Arms, Cat and Cabbage, Phoenix Hotel, Alma Tavern, Turf Tavern, Dickens Bar.
Anyone recall any others?

Anonymous,  April 16, 2023 at 9:22 PM  

Thatched House, Wellington, White Hart, Crown, Ring o Bells, Cleaver

Anonymous,  April 17, 2023 at 5:21 PM  

Corn Law Rhymer, College Inn, Wheatsheaf, Duck & Donkey, Plasterer's Bucket, Fisherman's Cardigan, Boil Lancer's Apprentice.

Anonymous,  April 17, 2023 at 8:30 PM  

Can only remember being in a couple of those

Anonymous,  April 17, 2023 at 10:46 PM  

Seen a few eruptions in the Boil Lancer's that's for sure

Anonymous,  April 18, 2023 at 6:57 AM  

My local was the Burglar's Balaclava

Anonymous,  April 18, 2023 at 5:31 PM  

As soon as pubs in Rotherham stopped opening 24 hours a day I thought, "that's me done. Me and my lap dancing granny bride are off to Huddersfield"

Anonymous,  April 19, 2023 at 10:54 AM  

Wasn't there a feature in The News of the World shortly before it closed down about a Granny swapping party in Huddersfield where everyone threw their mobility scooter keys in a circle? It broke up eventually because the grannies were fed up of picking the Rotherham bloke's keys. He was always whining about 24 hour opening apparently.

Anonymous,  April 21, 2023 at 6:40 PM  

And he never said thank you afterwards either. Still, what can you expect?

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