Minister aims to revive Blackpool’s super casino bid

Blackpool’s hopes of getting a Las Vegas-style super casino have been revived by a Northern Powerhouse minister.

Jake Berry said a huge casino could help spark a “once in a generation” chance to regenerate the seaside town.

Original plans to build 16 super casinos across England were declined in 2007 before being defeated in the House of Lords.

More than a decade ago the project was billed as a massive expansion of Britain’s casino industry, but quickly hit the buffers following a public backlash.

Mr Berry is now hopeful of Blackpool landing a super casino. He said: “It is early days but I think this is a prize worth reaching for.

“So far I’ve had a discussion with the leader of Blackpool Council and I have been speaking to the council to see if it is possible to unbung the legislation which still remains on the statute books.”

The minister claims that research shows a casino could create more than 3,000 jobs and bring millions of pounds to the town’s economy.

Whether he will be successful only time will tell. But many feel that gambling has now become more of an online activity rather than social.