The company will now apply for an operating licence after Midleton Town Council complied with a request to adopt the Lotteries and Gaming Act 1956. In adopting the Act, the local authority rendered it legitimate for the District Court to consider an arcade licence application.
The floor-level arcade will be located in a 3,000sq ft unit at Market Green, adjacent to the Gate Cinema and opposite Tesco.
The premises was licensed for a fast food restaurant, but when that option was not pursued, Perks acquired permission for change of use.
Proprietor Sally Tivy-Perks says the arcade “will be a mini-version of the Youghal premises,” without the bowling or party and play area.
“It will not be merely a casino but will focus strongly on family entertainment,” she explained, “with ultra-modern video game innovations, including the latest in large screen technology. We are starting small but if it goes well,” she added, “we will consider expanding in the area.”
Encouraging the members to adopt the Gaming Act, Midleton Town Clerk Pa McCarthy told them that the Perks had established a worthy reputation over many decades in Youghal.
He said the arcade would create 10 jobs, boost the economy in the area and provide a social option for young people in a town lacking a youth centre.
Mr McCarthy said the casino section would be restricted to adults, occupy less than 50% of floor space operate on 1c and 2c units, indicating a predominance for entertainment.
If problems arose, the council could rescind its resolution when the licence came for renewal annually, he said.
Independent Cllr Betty Wall opposed the proposal.
She said that having spent “half my life working for a bookie I am only too aware of what gambling can do to young people. I’ll be very disappointed if this arcade goes ahead.”
Nonetheless the council voted 7-1 to adopt the act.