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UK – Arena drops out of Wolverhampton tender

By - 2 May 2014

Arena Racing Company has now dropped its plans to bid for a small casino licence at Wolverhampton Racecourse leaving sole bidder Casino 36 in the driving seat. Casino 36 wants to expand its Rubicon venue in Temple Street.

Wolverhampton City Council has confirmed however that the licence award process will proceed as planned even though there is only one applicant. The council’s Evaluation Panel will analyse the bid and submit a report to the Licensing Committee on June 25. Casino 36 owns three casinos: the Rubicon Casino in Wolverhampton, Casino 36 in Stockport and Castle Casino in Dudley.

Wolverhampton City Council made moves to allow Rubicon Casino to increase its footfall into two adjoining nightclubs although Arena Racing, local residents and religious groups all opposed the move.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: ” As well as enhancing the leisure offer we have here in Wolverhampton, a new development such as this will provide extra regeneration benefits to our city – such as the creation of new jobs.”

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