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LAMONT CLAIMS CASINOS COULD FORCE OUT COMMUNITY GROUPS

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Ex-chancellor Norman Lamont claims that gamblers could force out community groups if a casino is developed in Harro...
Ex-chancellor Norman Lamont claims that gamblers could force out community groups if a casino is developed in Harrogate's royal baths, reports the Yorkshire Post (p8).

Council leader Phil Willis, the Liberal Democrat opposing Mr Lamont for the Harrogate and Knaresborough seat at the general election, accused him of scaremongering.

Mr Willis told the paper that financial appraisals of the future of the royal baths had shown that significant community use would make the project unviable.

'The scheme which included the loss of community use was moved and seconded by Conservative councillors.

'Members of all parties supported this way forward on the understanding that income from the redevelopment will be used to support community groups.'
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