Group to lay down the chips in casino talk

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A MEETING to discuss plans for a casino in Milton Keynes will take place next Tuesday.

The council will hear from campaigners Xplain who are concerned that the gambling complex would be harmful to Central Milton Keynes, as well as bosses behind the bid to have the giant structure built outside Xscape.

The current plan would see a 24-hour gaming venue built in the Xscape car park, with a multi-storey planned at the rear of the building.

However, there are alternatives to the plan, according to Xplain, and it is their intention to make sure the council fully understands the implications of having a casino on its doorstep.

Linda Inoki, leader of Xplain, said:

“We have said it time and time again: Central Milton Keynes is not a suitable location for such a casino.

“We are not against a casino in the town, but it needs to be thought out properly.

“Let’s put this casino in a non-residential area, such as the football stadium in Denbigh, where the time and effort needed to reach it will reduce the risk of impulsive and addictive gambling.

“We are urging the council ‘Don’t Gamble with Milton Keynes!’”

The meeting will take place at 10.30am in the Orchard Suite at the Holiday Inn in Central Milton Keynes.