Residents association against amusement arcade plan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 January 2011

Highbridge residents Association, Market Street , Protesting about an Amusement Arcade.

Highbridge residents Association, Market Street , Protesting about an Amusement Arcade.

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A PLANNING application to turn a Highbridge tattoo shop into an amusement arcade has led to complaints from the Highbridge Residents Association (HRA).

The application was registered by Sedgemoor District Council on January 4 by Mike Childs, and would see Highbridge Ink turned into an ‘adult gaming zone’, which would see small, medium and large jackpot machines installed, with prize money available of up to £500.

The arcade would also have free tea and coffee, Sky TV, and daily raffle prizes.

But HRA Chairman Tina Gray say that the proposed change would be a ‘drastic mistake’ for the town, and are appealing for residents to lodge objections.

Mrs Gray has raised concerns that people would be encouraged to hang around outside the proposed arcade, which could lead to a danger from passing traffic.

She said: “I agree we need more open shops in Highbridge, and somewhere for the younger population to go, but to encourage gambling in a town already classed as a deprived area will only add to the problems we have here.

“HRA are appealing for anyone and everyone to lodge an objection to this.”


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