‘Discussions are always taking place’ to fill former casino at Marine Point

“Discussions are always taking place” to fill an old casino on a coastal town’s waterfront eight years after it closed.

The Grosvenor Casino and restaurant opened in New Brighton in May 2012 creating more than 60 jobs but it later closed in July 2015. Since then, it has remained closed and is one of the last empty units in the town’s Marine Point leisure complex as Greggs and Nandos prepare to move in.

The casino had been let on a 25 year lease of £180,060 a year and closed due to the venue losing money. In 2018, a spokesperson for the owners of Marine Point said they had been speaking to a number of businesses and were “feeling positive about the prospects of another new business moving into New Brighton.”

At the time councillors suggested the building could be used for young people and “it sticks out like a sore thumb” but five years later, the building remains empty.

Sean Martin is the chair of the local New Brighton Coastal Community group. He said, “The only good use for the building is a gym which would work quite well. It’s not really suitable for retail.

“As far as we are concerned it is a shame that the unit is empty. It isn’t looking great and when you go past, it’s dirty looking, it’s tired looking.”

Mr Martin thinks a gym could also help tackle some of the antisocial behaviour problems New Brighton has experienced in recent months, adding, “There is no gym in New Brighton. Absolutely, it keeps people healthy and gives them somewhere to go in the evening. It just never worked as a casino.

“The two main units that are empty are let so the last big one that needs to be let is the casino.”

A spokesperson for Marine Point said, “The lease remains in place with Grosvenor Casino despite their decision to close.

“Discussions are always taking place with possible new occupiers and if the right occupier is located then new terms can be agreed to let the space.”

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