Elderly neighbors protest possible gambling club

Plans to turn a building in a Bridgewater, England, neighborhood into a private gaming club may face opposition from the elderly neighborhood residents. The residents fear the club's late-night openings and loud music could disturb the neighborhood.

London-based Gresham Properties is in the early stages of the plan which would turn the former Lions Club building into a three-storey private members club with a small dance floor, a bar, dining area and a gaming area that would include poker, blackjack, and roulette. Currently the building houses the Sedgemoor Citizens Advice Bureau and empty offices.

The project is still in the planning and application approval stages, but it would include a major renovation of the building.

Despite that, residents of the neighboring block of flats, Homecastle House, have pledged to fight the projects application that is awaiting approval in the Sedgemoor District Council. The 48 people living in the flats are all between the ages of 75 and 91, and don't want that type of establishment built near them.

Robert Paddick, who is a big force behind the project, believes the club could be a big boost for Bridgewater, because if it's done right, people will come from all over to go to the club. In addressing the residents' concerns he said the hours for the club weren't finalized yet, and the music wouldn't be audible outside of the building.

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