BCLC withdraws Newton gaming facility plan26/03/2014
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.
In 2009, Surrey City Council approved the redevelopment of the Newton Square Shopping Centre, including the development of Newton Bingo Country into a community gaming centre, which would feature a mix of gaming products including bingo and slot machines. In October 2012, the City approved the temporary placement of up to 150 slots at Newton Bingo Country for up to 18 months (expiring May 15, 2014). Concurrently, BCLC and Gateway proposed relocating the community gaming centre to South Surrey and developing a casino entertainment complex. That plan was defeated by Surrey Council in January 2013.
Following the decision on the South Surrey proposal, Gateway submitted its application for a development permit for the Newton site in October 2013. Site plans included construction of three new buildings for retail space and extensive renovation of the Newton Bingo Country building, which was slated to re-launch as a permanent community gaming centre (Chances Surrey) in late 2014.
BCLC will review options to serve the gaming marketplace south of the Fraser River. Any future proposals would go through public consultation and the local government approval process.
Gateway remains a valued and reliable service partner that BCLC will continue to work with for current and potential future gaming facility developments.
Under the Gaming Control Act, BCLC is mandated by the provincial government to conduct, manage and operate commercial gaming, including responding to market demand for gaming. Net revenue generated through gambling, more than $1 billion in 2012/13, is used by the Province to benefit people and communities across B.C.