Decision on Majestyk Delayed

By: Haley Softie

Plans for one of Leeds famous buildings the Majestyk has been delayed due to a Court of Appeal hearing. The outcome of the appeal could determine whether or not the licencing application is accepted.

A decision was to be granted on the 7th April by Leeds Magistrate as to whether the application for a gaming licence for the former Majestyk nightclub would be accepted.

However a case that has been brought to appeal by the companies, Noble Organisation and Thistle hotels will argue that, “The statutory test to determine the grounds of gaming licenses is being too narrowly interpreted by the courts.”

The statutory test for gaming licenses is to see if the level of demand is significant enough to warrant another casino. This issue has been bought to forefront by the existing gambling establishments in the Leeds area that are fighting the new casino.

In Leeds there are already several established casinos that include the Grosvenor Casino in Merrion Way in the city centre and the Gala Casino on Westgate. The London Clubs International is opening a ?15 million, 65,000 sq ft casino called Alea at Clarence Dock later on in the year.

Grosvenor and Gala have already objected to the proposed gaming licence, stating that there was not sufficient demand for another casino in Leeds.

However the proposed casino says it will have a lot more entertainment, with quality restaurants and will be different from the existing gaming establishments in Leeds.

When built the ?11.5 million casino will create 200 jobs for the local economy.

The ground floor of the casino will house the slot machines and gambling tables, also included in the plans is a stage for live music and cabaret.

The upper floor will be sectioned into three areas, with a restaurant and rooms for private gaming.

There are also plans for a sports bar with giant TV screens, with the hope of expanding into private hire and a disco.

SOURCE:
Yorkshire Evening Post

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