Projected Saw Close Casino Wins Alcohol License

Tuesday 23rd December, 2014

A 0.7 Acre site in Bath City has been on the drawing board as a projected site for a casino, restaurant, and hotel complex by developers Deeley Freed for years now.

While premises licenses have already been awarded for the operation of a casino and a restaurant, developers have yet to earn themselves an alcohol license-until now. Deeley Freed director Andrew Maltby is visibly pleased with the outcome and decision of the council. "I'm delighted, we have been at this for seven years so it's nice to get to the end." he said. The license for the operation of the hotel will however be decided on a later date, but Maltby is optimistic about it.

The license will allow the £14-million project to serve alcohol while the casino is open; that is from 11am until 11:30pm Mondays to Saturdays, and 11am until 11pm on Sundays. The casino will be operated by the firm Groupe Partouche SA in partnership with Global Gaming Ventures Limited, while the restaurant will be operated by Italian chain Zizzi.

The casino and the restaurant will have the same opening times, but Avon and Somerset Police have imposed certain conditions for both. Among these is that the staff of the casino must have and abide by a challenge 21 scheme where patrons that appear to be less than 21 years old need to supply proof of age. Additionally, the premises need to be fitted with a fully-functioning CCTV system, and signs informing patrons to leave and clear the outside area by 11pm.

As development of the complex continues, several changes are expected. Some buildings still standing in the premises have already been demolished as part of the development of the area, while several other establishments have already closed down in anticipation of the works-which have now been moved to start by next year.

The hotel, although its license is yet to be awarded, is projected to be operated by Z Hotels.

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