BCLC withdraws Newton gaming facility plan

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Vancouver: BCLC has made the decision to discontinue plans for converting Newton Bingo Country into a community gaming centre. BCLC will continue to offer bingo at the location and work with Gateway to discontinue the slot operations by May 15, 2014. This decision is based on the changing local market conditions, which do not satisfy BCLC’s vision to offer outstanding gaming and entertainment. Couple of weeks ago Surrey City council had passed a motion to remove 150 slot machines at Newton Square Bingo Hall. Newton residents have been lobbying for removal of the machines for last one year.
Two years ago Council had approved the slot machines by a narrow vote 5-4, but early in Mar 2014 the Council passed a motion asking the BCLC to remove the slot machines from the Newton Gaming Hall.