Adulting gaming centre in Partick will be ‘where people spend their spare change’

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A German entertainment giant wants to open a new adult gaming centre (AGC) in Partick creating six new jobs.

Gauselmann Group is parent to Praesepe Holdings Ltd and Cashino Gaming Ltd which owns a number of brands in the UK.

Cashino wants to open one of its high street venues Merkur Slots at a former bank at 354 Dumbarton Road.

Gaming centre in Partick
Merkur Slots would occupy the premises at a former bank at 354 Dumbarton Road.

The application to Glasgow city council says the proposal will bring a vacant premises back into use.

The proposal states that gaming centres are not like other high street gambling venues.

“It is important to note that AGCs are quiet uses and are very different from the family amusement arcades that contain noisy games and machines.

“It is also important to note that the number of customers reduces significantly during night-time hours.

“Having said that the proposed use will bring benefits to the evening/ night-time economy without creating an unacceptable impact on neighbouring uses.”

‘Low stakes’

The company’s own brochure says AGCs “do not attract anti-social behaviour”.

They do not have fixed odds betting terminals associated with betting shops, it says.

The machines offer low stakes of between 10p and £2 – the average stake from customers is 30 to 40p, according to Cashino.

The Dumbarton Road venue will contain bingo machines and tablets for playing games.

According to the company, 48% of customers are female.

Gaming shop
The company’s own brochure says AGCs “do not attract anti-social behaviour”.

The planning papers say AGCs are “where people go to spend their spare change, have a game of bingo and enjoy their favourite pastime (these machines have been around for many years).

Customers visit on their own or in couples – large groups are rare, the company says.

The customer base during the late evening is predominantly “local entertainment workers and shift workers who like to relax after their busy shifts”.

The company says the size and colour of the signage will be “sympathetic to the building and the character” of Dumbarton Road.

The documents do not contain any letters of objection although submissions could still be made.

The planning committee will consider the application and makes its decision in due course.

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