Southampton To Get New Bingo Hall?

By | March 12, 2022

According to documents submitted to Southampton City Council, plans have been sent to turn a prominent building in the heart of Southampton city centre into a bingo hall.

An application has been submitted by Mr. P Harding, if approved, would see the former TSB bank building’s ground floor converted into a bingo hall with the remainder of the ground floor and at least two upper floors converted into apartments.

The application states:

“This is a prominent building of merit on Southampton’s High Street, currently the building is vacant and without a suitable use will likely remain vacant.

“Care has been taken to utilise existing walls and doorways where possible and the fit-out for tables and seating can be done without detriment to the fabric of the building.

“It should also be noted that bingo is played in a fairly silent environment with just the bingo caller announcing numbers through a sound system. Regular announcements are made by this particular operator to remind customers that are leaving the building to be respectful of neighbours.”

New Bingo Twist for the Former Bank Building

This is not the first application Mr. P Harding has submitted for the building which has been empty for a number of years. According to the DailyEcho, plans were submitted by Mr. P Harding in May 2020 to turn the building entirely into flats.

Local businesses appear to be in favour of the new bingo hall application. Tracy Ford from Central Convenience store which is opposite the grand former bank building said:

“I think it’s a good idea. No one comes this end of town now. It’s got quiet since the pandemic. We don’t want any more student flats.”

 

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