Politicians Get a Grip on Clacton’s Gambling Scene Prior to Review on Legislation
A seaside town in the UK became the host of several politicians recently, as they descended onto its gambling establishments to find out what they provide. Clacton-on-Sea experienced a visit from its own MP, Giles Watling, as well as the MP for Maldon (and Minister of State for Media and Data), John Whittingdale. The duo arrived at the Clacton Pavilion on Monday for their coastal day trip out.
The two politicians got to hear about the issues that the industry within Clacton faces, and more specifically, how restrictions imposed due to the worldwide pandemic have created additional obstacles.
The trip was organized by BACTA, which represents the amusement and gaming machine industry in the United Kingdom. With the UK Government looking to review the Gambling Act and laws surrounding the industry, it provided the perfect opportunity for the two politicians to learn more. The laws within the UK are expected to be overhauled so as to ensure that they are fit for purpose in today’s digital world.
Speaking of the visit from the two MPs, the owner of Clacton Pavilion, Billy Peak, said that it was quite a pleasure to be able to host them. It gave him the opportunity to speak about the industry he works in, noting that he communicated his ways of enacting the best practices. He also voiced his concerns over the impact that the new laws could bring his way.
“Amusement machines are an important part of the leisure offering, bringing a great deal of fun to visitors and an important revenue stream. Family entertainment businesses such as ours, although open through the year, have seasonal peaks”, Mr. Peak said. Through the visit of the ministers, he believes that he was able to provide a better understanding of the challenges that he faces because of this.
He finished off by saying how impressed the MP was with his visit to Clacton, as well as everything that the coastal town has to offer to people.