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Letterkenny casino plan appealed to ABP

The Pulse venue and Majestic casino.

The Pulse venue and Majestic casino.

 

A DECISION to grant planning permission for another casino in Letterkenny, has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala (ABP).

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Back in March, Letterkenny Town Council granted permission for a change of use of a ‘bingo hall’ to a private members casino club at The Pulse Entertainment Centre on the Port Road.

However, the council’s decision was appealed this week to ABP by a Mr Michael O’Neill of Solomon’s Hill, Letterkenny.

In his objection, Mr O’Neill claims the developers of the casino are “making a mockery” of the Town Council.

“They seem to do what they like and make a joke out of local planning laws. Are we back in the age where people can do what they like and abuse the system. I strongly hope you refuse this application,” he said.

The casino is part of a major three-storey development, opened last year, which also includes gaming machines.

Back in 2011, the council granted planning permission to Theo Crossan for the 584.75 sq m (6,300 sq ft) extension to the existing Pulse building.

The casino includes an ‘entertainment centre’ on the ground floor with ‘computerised bingo machines’ as well as a 196 sq m (2,100 sq ft) private members club on the first floor.

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According to the initial planning application, the gaming machines would operate twice or three times daily, depending on demand.

Mr O’Neill made reference to an application for a larger casino, just down the road, at the former Gleneany House which was also shot down by ABP.

In December 2012, a decision to grant planning permission for a large gaming arcade nearby was appealed to (ABP).

The Town Council granted permission to Darren and Siobhan McGarry, Milford, to convert the well-known former Gleneany House

Hotel to an amusement arcade to hold 100 ‘gaming machines’.

However, that decision was appealed to ABP by planning consultant, Mr Gerard Convie.

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