A local business man has said ‘stalling tactics’ are being played in a bid to delay the opening of a state-of-the-art bingo hall.
Bob Evans, who runs the €1.5 million investment of the Sport Bingo hall on the site of the old Sportsbowl, has said that an appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.
The appeal, seen by the Dundalk Democrat sated ‘Retention of change of use of the bowling alley area to a bingo and entertainment area and amended signage and permission for proposed amendments to car park layout. Case type: Planning Appeal. Status: Case is due to be decided by 08-11-2012. Parties : Dundalk Sportsbowl Ltd. (Applicant), Lisa Knox (Appellant) (Active). Lodged 06/07/2012’.
Speaking to the Democrat this week, Bob said ‘It’s stalling tactics really, we have been granted planning permission already by the council, but we are confident that we can overcome the appeal and get on with business.
‘We are hoping for a swift conclusion and that we can provide jobs for the local area and open the the best bingo facility in Ireland. We’ll provide all the reasons why we should open and the council will provide their reasons for granting planning premission’.
The Sports Bingo complex is the most well equipped and modern bingo arena in the country and can cater for up to 500 players. There is also a restaurant and cafe on site.
Bob also revealed that over five-hundred people have applied for jobs in the bingo hall. ‘We have had over five-hundred application for jobs, it shows how much Dundalk needs this facility to provide employment and this appeal is delaying this, but we will open’.
‘The complex has been closed for over 18 months now, that’s 18 months of no work for some people. We are still paying rates and covering costs even though we haven’t been opened’.
Bob added that he hoped the facility can be opened come November.