Notice – June 2016
IBEX Annual General Meeting
This will be happening on 9th June 2016, 7:00 pm Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, Southampton
It will include a presentation from Rachel Lampard (Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, Vice-President Designate of the Methodist Conference and Former member of the Gambling Commission and Current member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board ) entitled:
CASINOS! – Social Evil or Economic Boost?
To Gamble or not to Gamble, that is the question! If it is a question that exercises you, please come along to central Southampton on June 9th, where a very real current situation will be discussed.
When we invited Rachel Lampard to come to speak to the IBEX AGM in May, we were aware of two things:
- That Southampton was one of 8 local Authorities across the Country which had the right to grant a licence for the building of a Large Casino.
- That Rachel had a great expertise and expertise in gambling as a social issue.
That joined up thinking seems to have reaped dividends in that, over the Easter period, the announcement was made that the licence for the casino had actually been granted, making this again a hot topic locally.
But some words of explanation and thoughts about one or two matters:
- The words “Super Casino” are bandied about a lot, but there is no such thing. One was mooted for Manchester originally, but this was abandoned in 2007.
- What we will see locally is a Large Casino. “Large” mainly indicates the physical size of the facilities, the number of gaming machines allowed, the size of the jackpots, the number of gaming tables and similar. You can check it out here the Gambling Commission.
- The licence for the Large Casino in Southampton was granted to Aspers over the Easter period. You can visit the Aspers website.
- The Churches in Southampton are concerned about this, but the concern is accompanied by a realism that one will not stop it happening.
- It will be an economic boost to the City, which is constantly striving to be a “Regional Centre”, to attract people for their leisure time from an ever wider area.
- It is not in the interests of Casino operators (or other betting companies) to have to deal with problem gamblers. They are more likely to see a casino as a place of entertainment.
If you would like to participate, please RSVP to David Wrighton, Team Leader, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org