Decision day looms for Newham casino bids

A decision will be made this week on who will operate a Las Vegas-style casino in Newham.

Council chiefs have to decide between three locations and possible operators to run a so-called “large casino” in the borough.

The options include sites at Silvertown Quays, Westfield Stratford City and Great Eastern Quays at Gallions Reach.

The Silvertown and Westfield sites would be open around the clock and the eventual centre is expected to have up to 150 slot machines with a maximum jackpot of �4,000.

A winning bidder is expected to be confirmed when the council’s licensing committee meets on Friday.

Newham has had permission since 2007 for a large casino when the Department for Culture, Media and Sport identified it as a priority destination.

The bidding process opened last year and five initial applications have since been whittled down to the final three.

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Authorities have promised the casino will “improve prosperity in the borough – generating jobs and bringing new visitors to the area”.

Newham is one of eight councils in England to be authorised to issue a large casino licence.