LETTER: Counting cost of casino on pier

Abid Gulzar seems to have stirred up a hornet’s nest with his proposal for a casino on Eastbourne Pier.

I do not agree with gambling, but you’ll never stop it. It has been in existence for thousands of years, and no betting shops seem to fail. However, they are only open for a reasonable time.

Casinos seem to run late into the night, so I ask: 1 What will be the closing time? 2 What noise will occur with people coming and going ie cars, loud voices, etc causing a disturbance to local residents? 3 Why not have it in a function room of one of Mr Gulzar’s hotels as it once was? 4 If it does go ahead why not a percentage of the profits to a local charity ie our hospice, or other really deserving charities? 5 Lastly, would it really attract the right people? Would it cause any increase in crime, and can the police be around if necessary?

I admire what Mr Gulzar is doing for the town, but more needs to be put on the pier like a children’s sector with a ball pool, climbing things, etc. Also daytime entertainment under cover for families, as well as for the elderly. Best wishes, Mr Gulzar.

A Richards

Spencer Road

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