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Merkur behind the Proposed 24-Hour Adult Gaming Center for Ayr

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A recent planning application was released with the idea to create a 24-hour adult gaming center (AGC) in the high street of the town of Ayr in Scotland, with Merkur Slots Ltd, the gaming operator, believed to be behind the proposals.

Merkur, part of the Gauselmann Group, has earmarked a former café in the heart of the Ayr town center as the proposed new location for the AGC. Under the terms of the planning application, the developers, who are Harrogate-based firm Planning Potential, have outlined plans for a gambling venue on the ground floor site, which has stood vacant since 2020.

This move from Merkur to propose the creation of an AGC in Ayr comes after the opening of the Merkur casino in Aberdeen last year.

The surrounding area is mixed and has an established night-time economy, notably comprising restaurants, bars and pubs. Given the context of the site, there will be no significant adverse impacts provided the rectification works to the property are implemented. The unit is vacant and the change of use would not compromise the vitality and viability of the city center. The introduction of an AGC at this location will be in place of a vacant unit and will implement a use that is already established in this area of Ayr.

StatementPlanning Proposal Submission

Gambling Centre to Be Part of the Vibrant Town Nightlife

The application for the AGC includes a change of use proposal and also puts the case for including a gambling venue at the town center location. It states that Ayr Town Center has a busy nighttime economy, and the addition of a gambling venue in the town center would be in keeping with the current nightlife entertainment activities.

The proposed AGC will bring a vacant unit, which has not been contributing to the local economy, back into use and return activity to the frontage, which is a significant benefit to this part of the town center.

StatementPlanning Proposal Submission

The plans for the proposed gambling center are currently being examined by the local government in the area and the South Ayrshire Council, and any contributions from the public during this consultation period are being awaited. The council has stated that they are considering the plans that have been submitted and are due to provide a response by the end of February this year.

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