Super-casino for Southampton? The big debate:YES or NO

Daily Echo: Super-casino for Southampton? The big debate:YES or NO Super-casino for Southampton? The big debate:YES or NO

IT HAS been hailed as both a huge economic boost for Southampton and something that could have a “harmful” impact on hundreds of residents.

This week the Daily Echo revealed that gambling giant Aspers will bid to run the city’s super-casino, which could be part of the £330m Royal Pier development.

Although it is still early days for the proposals, it has been seen as a big step forward now that Aspers has formally thrown its hat into the ring.

Plans to build a super-casino have been around since 2009, and with the city council yet to formally start the competition to run the casino, it will still be years until it could open.

But it is seen as a key part of the whole Royal Pier project, and the news that at least one firm will bid to run it has brought the prospect of the super-casino a big step closer to reality.

The news has split opinion among business and community leaders in Southampton and Hampshire.

And now the Daily Echo has asked one person from each side of the argument to put the case for or against a super-casino

Here are the two sides of the argument.

To read the YES VIEW click here

To read the NO VIEW click here

 

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2:19pm Sun 16 Feb 14

southy says...

They can have there super casino but it will not be on the Royal Pier, they can built it where the old Bargate center is that is now closed.
They can have there super casino but it will not be on the Royal Pier, they can built it where the old Bargate center is that is now closed. southy

3:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Why can't they build a super leisure facility where people can ice skate, roller skate, indoor ski slope, climbing walls, indoor beach with wave machine ect.
People here need somewhere to go and something to do for all the family.
The only people who will use this are the people who use the existing casinos and if you've ever seen their clientele it's hardly your James Bond types.
Why can't they build a super leisure facility where people can ice skate, roller skate, indoor ski slope, climbing walls, indoor beach with wave machine ect. People here need somewhere to go and something to do for all the family. The only people who will use this are the people who use the existing casinos and if you've ever seen their clientele it's hardly your James Bond types. bigfella777

3:45pm Sun 16 Feb 14

IronLady2010 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Why can't they build a super leisure facility where people can ice skate, roller skate, indoor ski slope, climbing walls, indoor beach with wave machine ect.
People here need somewhere to go and something to do for all the family.
The only people who will use this are the people who use the existing casinos and if you've ever seen their clientele it's hardly your James Bond types.
Southampton doesn't currently have the infrastructure to cope. It's bad enough they put Ikea on a busy route, yet alone add more attractions.

I'm all for what you've suggested, but the roads need to be improved, Southampton is becoming known as gridlock/traffic light City.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why can't they build a super leisure facility where people can ice skate, roller skate, indoor ski slope, climbing walls, indoor beach with wave machine ect. People here need somewhere to go and something to do for all the family. The only people who will use this are the people who use the existing casinos and if you've ever seen their clientele it's hardly your James Bond types.[/p][/quote]Southampton doesn't currently have the infrastructure to cope. It's bad enough they put Ikea on a busy route, yet alone add more attractions. I'm all for what you've suggested, but the roads need to be improved, Southampton is becoming known as gridlock/traffic light City. IronLady2010

6:28pm Sun 16 Feb 14

jackois says...

No... and while we're on, let's have rid of all the betting shops as well
No... and while we're on, let's have rid of all the betting shops as well jackois

7:25pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Micle1974 says...

Southampton's "Leisure World" doesn't live up to its name.
Southampton should have a Leisure Park built to compete with LEISURE PARK BASINGSTOKE and TOWER PARK POOLE
What does the CITY of Southampton have in comparison to these two mentioned LEISURE parks?
Southampton's "Leisure World" doesn't live up to its name. Southampton should have a Leisure Park built to compete with LEISURE PARK BASINGSTOKE and TOWER PARK POOLE What does the CITY of Southampton have in comparison to these two mentioned LEISURE parks? Micle1974

8:08pm Sun 16 Feb 14

MisterTom says...

I bet anyone £10 that the super-casino will NOT go ahead in Southampton.
I bet anyone £10 that the super-casino will NOT go ahead in Southampton. MisterTom

8:23am Mon 17 Feb 14

Urbane Forager says...

No!
Gambling brings misery to most participants.
We do not need another casino.
If we want to bring more jobs, just put a different development there that will bring more jobs; not a casino, we already have enough of them.
No! Gambling brings misery to most participants. We do not need another casino. If we want to bring more jobs, just put a different development there that will bring more jobs; not a casino, we already have enough of them. Urbane Forager

9:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

03alpe01 says...

What's the point in arguing over it? It's coming whether you like it or not. Yes I agree there needs to be more leisure here in Southampton- Basingstoke's Leisure Park is a trillion times better and even Portsmouth has better tourist attractions than we ever will. It's coming
What's the point in arguing over it? It's coming whether you like it or not. Yes I agree there needs to be more leisure here in Southampton- Basingstoke's Leisure Park is a trillion times better and even Portsmouth has better tourist attractions than we ever will. It's coming 03alpe01

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