Amusement arcade plan wins recommendation

PUBLISHED: 13:57 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

HONITON is a step closer to getting its first amusement arcade. Town councillors have recommended a plan for an adults-only amusement centre in High Street.

HONITON is a step closer to getting its first amusement arcade.

Town councillors have recommended a plan for an adults-only amusement centre in High Street.

George Symonds, owner of the amusement arcade on Lyme Regis seafront, is seeking planning permission to change the use of the former Globe Antiques Centre, at the junction with Dowell Street.

Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of Honiton Town Council's planning committee, told a meeting: "Obviously the building is vacant at the moment. He is not proposing to change the lay-out, it's purely a change of use."

Councillors were told that, in accordance with the Gaming Act, the centre would be for the use of adults only. The upper floors of the building are currently being converted into flats.

Two letters of objection have been received by the council.

Councillor Teare said: "One is opposing on moral grounds - the author is against gambling in town centres. The other refers to opening times of between 9am and 10pm, saying they are detrimental to local residents."

Councillor Liz Tirard said: "I'm not happy with it at all."

"Neither am I," added Councillor Sally Casson.

Councillor Tirard said the doorway was in a dangerous location and that she was concerned from a safety angle.

Councillor Martin McGuire said the application should be viewed "no more, no less than a betting shop". He pointed out that such establishments rarely "go out of their way to cause problems" because they are "so totally regulated".

"They always do well in a recession," said Councillor Peter Fleming.

Councillor Vera Howard proposed the application be recommended for approval. Her proposal was seconded and carried.


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