|With the liberalization of gambling almost a done deal in the UK, it seems that every faded resort town is being touted as the Las Vegas of the UK. Great Yarmouth may not wish to live up to that tag, but a £5 million pound Las-Vegas style casino should spice up its image somewhat.|
Planning permission has been granted to convert the Oasis Hotel and Tower, in Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, into a casino, restaurant, nightclub and amusement arcade.
The £5 million (US$7.64 million) Atlantis casino is the brainchild of hotelier Rodney Scott and amusement centre entrepreneur Colin Abbott.
“Members of Great Yarmouth Borough Council's development committee believe the casino will regenerate the town’s “Golden Mile”.
Work to convert the hotel is provisionally due to start in October 2002 with parts of the development being opened in May 2003, and the whole project being completed in April/May 2004. A potential 300 new jobs could be created.
A gambling review, led by former chief economic adviser to the Treasury Sir Alan Budd, recommended change to laws that could threaten family orientated amusement arcades in favour of American-style casinos.
In July this year, Great Yarmouth entrepreneurs Peter Jay and Mike Butcher, were also given planning permission to build casinos on the seafront.
Rival developers Cornshire objected the next day, complaining that a similar scheme they put forward in 1994 was rejected because it contained new arcades