Legal wrangle on casino to continue

Legal wrangle over casino licence is set to continue... Photo courtesy of Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Legal wrangle over casino licence is set to continue... Photo courtesy of Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

A SCARBOROUGH businessman has vowed to go to the High Court following a decision on the licence for a new casino.

Nikolas Shaw, owner of the Opera House Casino, said he has been advised that a decision by District Judge Richard Blake to dismiss his appeal is “unlawful”. He has been locked in a court battle with Scarborough Council over its decision to allow their sole competitor – Apollo Leisure – through to the second and final stage of the bidding process.

Nikolas and Becky Shaw appealed the decision of the council’s licensing sub-committee on the grounds that representations from members of the public who opposed the Apollo proposal were dismissed as “irrelevant” by council officers and were not put before the committee.

The committee also allowed Apollo two weeks to alter its plans at stage one of the application process, which Nikolas Shaw Ltd claim should not have been permitted under the Gambling Act 2005.

Nikolas Shaw said: “This decision strikes a serious blow at the rights of local people to object to one of the new style casinos being built in their community.

“A substantial number of Scarborough residents wrote to the council objecting to Apollo’s application. Their objections were thrown out by officers of the council and not even considered by the licensing authority.

“A leading QC has advised that the decision to grant the Apollo application, without even listening to the objections of the local people, was unlawful.

“The decision of the district judge has merely reinforced this grave error. We intend to appeal to the High Court.

“Residents who have, up until now, been shut out of this process, at last have the opportunity to make their grievances known – either as witnesses for us or in their own right.”