New application for adult gaming centre in Huntingdon town centre

New plans have been submitted for an adult gaming centre in Huntingdon. 

New plans have been submitted for an adult gaming centre in Huntingdon. - Credit: Merkur Slots

A proposed adult gaming centre in Huntingdon town centre would “generate high level of footfall” as well as boosting the town’s day and night-time economies, the firm behind the development has said.

Cashino Gaming wants to change the use of the former Carphone Warehouse outlet from retail into a gaming centre - a high-tech version of an amusement arcade.

Cashino, which trades as Merkur Slots, operates around 180 arcade-style venues across the country and has just applied to Huntingdonshire District Council to make the change.

In December, it applied to the council for a bingo premises licence to enable it to operate at the shop, which is in a prime location in the town centre. The unit has been empty since last March when Carphone Warehouse closed its shops. 

In its application planners for Cashino said: “The proposed unit will generate high levels of footfall and propensity for linked trips. The proposed use will serve the daytime and night-time economy and will create job opportunities for the area.”

It said: “The public benefit will outweigh any perceived impact on the setting and or significance of the building, aiding the futureproof whilst providing a sense of safeguarding for the Huntingdon Conservation area.”

The firm’s planners told the council: “This application represents an excellent opportunity to ensure this vacant unit in Huntingdon town centre is brought back into economic use and once again plays a positive role within the local community of Huntingdon.”

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When it made the bingo licence application, Merkur told the Hunts Post it would create around a dozen full and part-time jobs if it was given the go-ahead for the gaming centre.

It planned to spend up to £200,000 on converting the building which would have a “very modern” feel and would be different to a book-makers, the type of building the centres were compared to.

The firm said it offered low-stake gaming machines which can be played for 10p-£2 a spin, with prizes of £5-£500 on offer, and that electronic bingo tablets can be connected to other venues to give higher jackpots.

Merkur Slots comes under the umbrella of Praesepe, a subsidiary of the family run Gauselmann Group, which is based in Germany and operates more than 700 venues across Europe under the Merkur Brand.