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Local authorities which have applied to have a casino in their area found out today if they are on the shortlist....
Local authorities which have applied to have a casino in their area found out today if they are on the shortlist.

The government announced the possible sites for 24 new casinos, including one Las Vegas style super casino.

The shortlist is available here.

The bids have been considered by the Casino Advisory Panel.

Reacting to the news that Glasgow has been shortlisted in the bid to win a regional license, council leader Steven Purcell said:

'We're in it to win it and I'm delighted that Glasgow remains a strong contender, with a compelling case for bringing the casino to the city.

'Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting locations and is a great place to visit, live, work and do business.

'A key part of the city's regeneration success has always been our ability to embrace new challenges and economic development opportunities. By attracting new sources of economic growth into our city, we are helping to provide lasting jobs for all our citizens.

'But a regional casino is much more than just a new leisure investment opportunity for Glasgow, it is a regeneration project which, I believe, will benefit, not only this city but all of Scotland. This is the reason we are bidding for the regional casino licence and why we believe the case we have made will be hard to overlook.'


'Brent LBC thanks the independent Casino Advisory Panel for its deliberations and decision. We will now fully explore this significant regeneration opportunity further with local politicians and local people.'

Sheffield City Council leader Jan Wilson said:

'To be shortlisted as a possible location for the regional casino is a

vote of confidence in Sheffield. We will be carefully watching

progress to ensure that Sheffield is well placed to benefit from future developments. There is some strong competition on the shortlist and only one will

eventually be rewarded. We are also aware of the concerns about problem gamblers and have addressed them in our proposal.'

Newcastle on Casino Shortlist

Newcastle's bid for a super casino and regional conference centre took a major step forward today.

The Casino Advisory Panel confirmed that Newcastle City Council's submission will go through to the next round which will decide where the UK's first super casino will be built. The city is now one of eight left in the running for a super casino and the only remaining city in the North East.

It is a major boost for the city council's aim to secure a regional convention centre which would be part of any potential casino development.

Newcastle City Council leader John Shipley said: 'We are pleased to have been short listed for a regional casino. However, our driving ambition is the creation of a regional convention centre - the only way to realise this is through the casino route.

'NewcastleGateshead has turned down 40 major events with potentially 40,000 delegates because the region did not have a suitable conference venue - that's a loss of£20m over the last three years.

'A regional convention centre would pull millions of pounds into the local economy every year which would have significant spin-off benefits for hotels, restaurants and cultural attractions.

'Making Newcastle a great destination for conferences would complement our drive to make Newcastle one the world's leading science cities.

'Our approach to the whole casino debate has been entirely responsible - that is why we are carrying out more consultation with partners on this issue and conducting research into the social impact of gambling although it seems that internet gambling is a much more significant problem than casino gambling.'

Newcastle, together with Gateshead, has grown significantly as a conference destination. In 2004, the city was selected by 9.5 per cent of organisers, with The Sage Gateshead, Metro Radio Arena, St James' Park and the larger hotels among the favourite venues. However, other large scale conferences have been lost due to the lack of a major purpose built conference venue.

An economic impact assessment by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2004 found a convention centre in Newcastle could directly generate an extra£63m a year in income to the local economy and create up to 1,100 sustainable jobs.

Manchester included on supercasino shortlist

The Casino Advisory Panel announced today that Manchester's Sportcity bid has been shortlisted for the UK's first regional casino. Manchester City Council and New East Manchester's submission were alongside 26 other councils vying to be the chosen location for the hotly contested licence to run the nation's only super casino and entertainment complex.

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council said: ''We have long argued that Manchester in general, and Sportcity in particular, has proved to be a robust location for a regional casino. We are delighted that the independent panel has endorsed this assessment and we will continue to work hard to develop our proposals to ensure we put the best possible case forward to secure the pilot.'

The proposed regional casino site will also contain an entertainment complex with a range of facilities such as a multi purpose arena, a swimming pool, an urban sports venue, restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a hotel.

Blackpool BC leader Roy Fisher said: 'We are very pleased that Blackpool has been shortlisted for its bid to host a regional casino as part of a Leisure Conference Quarter, designed to act as a catalyst for transformational regeneration in the resort. The new Leisure Conference Quarter represents a 21st Century tourism offer which will include the casino, a new conference centre, new entertainment and leisure facilities as well as five star hotels and retail outlets.

'We are confident about our case and hoped that we would be shortlisted at what is arguably a key landmark in the process - however we are fully aware of the significant work yet to be carried out. There are many hurdles left in the race, and there are a number of strong contenders.

'What we can be sure of, however, is the strength of our argument and the town's optimism for an era of change. We remain confident that we have a well-prepared and well-evidenced case that goes hand in hand with the Masterplan's ambitions to transform Blackpool into a world-class resort.

'We are now looking forward to working with members of the Casino Advisory Panel to further explore our case and demonstrate the proposals in more detail.

'A cliché it may be but regeneration is the buzzword of the new Blackpool, and already exciting programmes of change are taking place across the town. Only today, for example, the king of makeovers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is helping to launch a dramatic£14m upgrade of one of the leading access points into the town - complete with Blackpool climbing towers, an urban park and sports facilities

'This revamped 'hallway' of Blackpool complements the various other activity taking place around the resort including re-landscaping the promenade, creating more outdoor art, breathing new life into its Parks, and expanding and improving our shopping facilities.'

Cardiff Makes Regional Casino Shortlist

Cardiff Council's bid for a regional casino, as part of the International Sports Village (ISV) development, has today moved forward another important step.

The decision for Cardiff as a site for a regional casino will bring forward early major investment into the now£1bn plus ISV project, ensuring funding for the sporting facilities come quicker, so they will be completed by 2010 in time for both UK and visiting nations to use them in 2010, 2011 and for the 2012 Olympics.

ISV will be one of the most exciting sports venues in Europe, based around the themes of water, snow and ice, and providing world class sporting facilities for the whole region.

These will include a 50m full competition swimming pool, with 25m warm up pool, multipurpose arena, (suitable for training for many Olympic sports, such as gymnastics, weight lifting, boxing, wrestling, judo, fencing, basketball and many more), ice sports and snow mountain, Olympic standard canoeing (which could be used for Olympic canoe finals) and white water rafting centre. The complex will also include a heritage centre, top class hotels family entertainment and conference facilities. To create a complete destination for both visitors and local people alike.

However, a regional casino is the catalyst in assuring ISV is completed in time to support the Olympics of 2012 and the preparation years of 2010 and 2011.

The Casino Advisory Panel had been asked by the Government to especially look at areas in need of regeneration (as measured by unemployment and other social deprivation data) and to ensure that those areas selected are willing to license a new casino.

These are criteria which the council feels its bid meets. The ISV project will provide major regeneration benefits, creating around 4,500 new jobs at the ISv and up to 2,500 further jobs within the region, providing huge investment in local skills, the transformation of a brown field site and enhanced community facilities.

The Council, working closely with the former WDA and its development partner, has chosen an operator for the Regional Casino, the major UK/Australian partnership of Aspers, to run the facility.

Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman said: 'We are obviously delighted that Cardiff's bid for a regional casino has made it to the next stage of the evaluation process.

'This is about bringing more good quality jobs to Cardiff Bay and helping to deliver some exciting sporting facilities in a shorter timescale to support the Olympics of 2012. I am very pleased that we have taken another key step forward.

'We remain confident that the Cardiff bid is a very strong one and with the links to the 2012 Olympics it is also unique.'

He added: 'We remain focused on securing a regional casino in Cardiff which will put the ISV on the map as a world class sporting and leisure destination, whilst supporting the UK's ability to successfully host the Olympics of 2012.'

Damien Aspinall, co founder with Jamie Packer of Aspers, commented: 'Aspers is delighted to see that Cardiff's compelling case to be the location for the new regional casino has been recognised by the DCMS.

'Cardiff has a wonderful site at the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay and the local community and politicians are right behind the project, which is ready to go now. This broad-based support was very evident at the recent launch of the ISV project, where many leading Olympians and Para Olympians, politicians, community leaders and others emphasised the importance of completing the project by 2010 and the key role that the Aspers complex will play in facilitating this.

'Aspers is very excited to be progressing to the next phase with our partners in Wales and we hope that, bit by bit, Cardiff is now emerging as a front-runner in the competition.'

Coventry seeks clarification on Regional Casino shortlist

Coventry City Council and its partners will be asking the Casino Advisory Panel for detailed reasons behind their decision not to include the Coventry proposal in the provisional shortlist for the first pilot regional casino.

The advisory panel has today announced it does not currently intend to include Coventry in the list of proposals for the UK's first regional casino pilot that will be taken forward for further examination. A casino at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry is currently being built under the existing legislation and this will open within the next 7-10 months.

Ken Taylor, leader of Coventry City Council, said: 'This news comes as a major shock and disappointment to those involved in the Coventry project, including Coventry City Council, Arena Coventry Ltd, the Allan Edward Higgs Trust and the casino operator itself, Isle of Capri. We will be seeking early and comprehensive clarification from the Advisory Panel on the detailed reasons behind their decision, particularly given recent job losses in our area.

'In contrast to very many of the other proposals for a regional casino pilot that appeared to contain little detailed data or information, Coventry's submission was based on an extensive independent assessment of our proposals. On behalf of the people of Coventry, as well as the raft of local businesses, community groups and other stakeholders that have supported our proposals, we will explore every avenue open to us in pressing the case for what we believe to be the natural choice for a regional casino.'

'As part of our multi-billion pound regeneration initiative, the casino due to open next year will still be a major catalyst for regeneration, attracting visitors to the RICOH Arena, boosting the leisure industry locally and creating new jobs in an area that has been hard hit in recent months. However, we remain absolutely convinced that Coventry must be on the list and will be looking into this decision further with the Advisory Panel as a matter of urgency.'

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