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Stranraer Casino Jackpot

STRANRAER is in line for a potential cash jackpot by becoming the only Scottish site to be recommended for a new casino.

The town was one of eight locations put forward this week for a small- scale development licence by the Casino Advisory Panel.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and investors see the casino as the kick-start needed to redevelop the waterfront. But there is caution from some who are concerned at the possible impact on gambling addiction. Dumfries and Galloway Council Convener and Stranraer North councillor  Tommy Sloan said:

"This announcement should attract more private sector investment into the Stranraer area, aiding the regeneration of the region.

"We have a vision to turn Stranraer into a high quality marine and leisure destination and quality housing, retail, commercial and leisure developments will form an important part in this."

A licence has not been granted yet with the final decision taken by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell, but this is seen as merely a rubber-stamping exercise.

Even then any application will have to go through normal planning and licensing procedures, where opposition can still be heard. Mr Sloan said:

"Community planning is of high importance across the region, and there are strong frameworks in place to ensure the views of the local community are heard through consultation.

"We understand that other local authorities involved in the Casino bidding process are setting up independent community trusts who will work with operators ensuring local opinion is at the forefront of any plans.

"The people of Stranraer will continue to have their say on the regeneration plans."

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