Bingo hall that has been empty for years to become a gaming center

The former Luda Walsall electronic bingo hall in Park Street, Walsall. PIC: Google Street View

Luxury Leisure Ltd is looking to take over the Luda Walsall building on Park Street, which has been vacant since 2018 despite efforts to market the property.

And members of Walsall Council’s planning committee are being urged to give the green light to the adult gaming center proposal, despite some concerns that the new venture could lead to an increase in crime.

If approved, the company would operate 24 hours a day and create a dozen new jobs.

A report to the commission said five objections had been received alleging that the 24-hour opening would create anti-social behavior and crime problems.

But officers said West Midlands Police had not objected to the proposal, adding that the planning inspectorate had previously concluded that the presence of staff and customers would have a deterrent effect and provide natural surveillance in the town centre.

Agents Lichfields said the failure of the previous electronic bingo business was due to people preferring the traditional way of playing and not a lack of demand for adult slot games.

They said: “The proposal is in line with the development plan as a whole and there are no material considerations indicating that the application should be rejected.

“The principle of entertainment/recreational use in this property has previously been established following an appeal and the proposals will see a vacant unit return to viability, improving the vitality and viability of the town center through increased foot traffic, new employment and higher expenses.

“It is not believed that the proposed adult gambling center will result in any adverse effects on the amenity of the surrounding area, including the living experience of the nearest residences, nor will it lead to an increase in crime, fear of crime or anti-crime crime. -social behaviour.

“The noise assessment submitted confirms that noise from the proposed use will be minimal and further mitigated by the design of the storefront, and that potential disturbance from the comings and goings of customers will be managed by suitably qualified staff.”

The members of the planning committee will discuss the proposal during the meeting on Thursday 9 February.

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