Speaking at his weekly press conference today, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone welcomed the confirmation by the Casino Advisory Panel that proposals for regional casinos in Greenwich and Brent should go forward for further evaluation.
The Mayor told the assembled journalists that he was “pleased that the Advisory Panel – which will be advising ministers on the location of the one regional casino to be permitted in England, Scotland and Wales – has confirmed that the proposals from Greenwich and Brent that I have backed will be among those going forward for further consideration.”
“The Panel has also released the scores it awarded each proposal across eight criteria (social impact, needs for regeneration, willingness to licence, probability of implementation, regional context, community benefits, unique characteristics and ensuring an adequate range of areas) as part of its sifting process.
Of the eight areas shortlisted for a regional casino proposal, Greenwich came out top with a score of 67 of a possible eighty and Brent was fifth with 58.”
“I am particularly pleased that the Panel has clearly looked beyond the recent controversy surrounding the Greenwich proposal based on the Dome, and has clearly weighed the merits of what is proposed there.”