A planning application has been submitted to turn Mimosa restaurant into an adult amusement arcade, with some concerns raised over the proposal
A disused restaurant in Farnborough could be turned into an adult amusement arcade.
An application has been submitted to covert Mimosa Restaurant, in Victoria Road, into a gaming centre.
The proposed centre will include 40 to 50 different fruit machines and slot machines, strictly for use by adults.
In a planning application made to Rushmoor Borough Council, an agent for Hughes Planning LLP said the introduction of an adult amusement arcade will contribute to the vitality and viability of Farnborough and help to enhance the diversity of the town centre.
However Mark Staplehurst, representing Farnborough West for Hampshire County Council, said a gaming centre is exactly the type of feature the town does not need as it may give the wrong impression to people.
He said: “In the current economic times people don’t have a lot of spare money so they shouldn’t be encouraged to waste it on gaming.
“I’d rather people’s money was put to better use by being put towards some of the services for young people in Farnborough.
“I don’t think gaming centres are of any real benefit to people, there are already plenty of betting places in Farnborough and junk food outlets opening up at any opportunity so it’s just another thing that could make the town look bad.
“Having three children of my own I do everything I can to stop them getting involved in gambling.
“It may seem harmless but it can lead to worse things and once you go down that route it is hard to get out of it.”
Comments on the planning application can be made until November 5.