A Blackpool casino has been granted a 24-hour drink licence – despite fears it could “open the floodgates” to similar applications.
The Genting Casino, on Queens Promenade, Bispham, had its application to extend its alcohol licence from the current hours of 10am until 6am approved by a Blackpool Council’s licensing panel.
It already has a 24-hour gambling licence, which was approved in April.
The club said its intention was not to draw in town centre drinkers, but to offer more flexible facilities to gamblers.
But two members of the public who objected to the application warned against allowing 24-hour gambling and drinking.
Lorraine Cross, of Reads Avenue, said: “I do not want to see 24-hour licences become the norm. It will send out the wrong message that it is OK to gamble and drink, and open the floodgates for other premises to seek 24-hour licences.”
Robert McDougall, of Patterdale Avenue, Marton, said: “The location is adjacent to three care homes which house vulnerable, elderly patients and they should not have to suffer any disturbance from people gambling 24 hours.”
But David Roberts, representing Genting Casinos, said: “This operation cannot be compared to nightclubs or a vertical drinking destination in the heart of the town centre.
“It is not in my client’s interest to draw people from the town centre looking for late night drinking. They want to serve existing customers in their existing environment.”