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A former betting shop in Lichfield can become home to a slot machine business, planning chiefs have decided.

The Market Street unit had previously been a Coral store until last year.

The former Coral store on Market Street. Picture: Google Streetview

But it can now become a Merkur Slots outlet after the green light was given for a change of use.

A planning statement on behalf of Cashino Gaming Ltd, which operates the Merkur Slots brand, said:

“The proposed adult gaming centre will result in a number of benefits, including bringing a vacant building back into use.

“The redecoration of the existing shopfront, high levels of footfall and the creation of jobs means thew proposed use will complement the surrounding commercial premises, strengthening both the day and night time economy.”

Planning statement

Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. A few “Kiss me quick” hat shops and a candy floss outlet and Lichfield Tourist Initiative is on its way! (we already have the fish and chips)

  2. They won’t allow chain eateries in Lichfield like Burger King and many others as they say they wish to keep the historic city – I guess a slot machine must add something to the history. All they need now on this street is a strip club.

  3. I’ve had a look into your idea Richard but with the age demographic of the city it could be dangerous until the Johnson Hospital has a new heart unit. Doubtless it would bring in a lot of money though!

  4. Yes Mike, my point exactly! The rot set in when Macdonalds was allowed to open right on the Market Place- what an absolute eyesore.

  5. The council do not want a Burger King in Lichfield.

    The potential of Fab running round Lichfield, shouting “Look, I’ve got a Whopper”. Was thought to have the potential to destroy visitor numbers.

  6. A lovely addition to the Ancient City of Lichfield and its primarily brexit voting citizens; ultimately a very successful German gambling company (Gauselmann via Praesepe) is coming here to take your cash under the guise of keeping an old building going.
    What about the lovely old house by St Michael’s being knocked down to build cheap-build homes, the lovely old Burntwood house being knocked down…
    No, must be something else £££
    Taking back control…

  7. Roy, it’s about changing the country to be less European centric isn’t it? So ironic that a German company comes along to take advantage of empty space.
    Also, that things were supposed to change with brexit weren’t they – but nothing’s changed at all. We still lose lovely old buildings to developers and still get more gambling shops.

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