‘Adult play centre’ which took over former travel agent Tui in South Shields offers 24-hour opening


The original offer however had permission for 24-hour opening, but this was rejected by council planners after concerns were raised by Northumbria Police.

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MERKUR Slots, in South Shields, is seeking longer opening hours

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Officers feared the premises would become a ‘focal point for the street community’ and instead approved opening hours were set from 8am to midnight, Monday to Sunday, to support ‘prevention of crime and disorder in the local area”.

Earlier this month, however, Merkur Slots Ltd (UK) filed a new application with the borough’s planning department asking for this condition to be “removed” to extend opening hours to 24 hours. 24, seven days a week.

A cover letter submitted on behalf of the company states that midnight is a “very early closing time for leisure use that relies on evening/night trade.”

The adult play center was initially allowed to open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The supporting inventory adds: “The requested change will allow one of Merkur Slot’s main customers to benefit from the offer and service provided by the adult gaming center.

“Evening/late night clientele are mostly shift workers looking to relax after evening shifts.”

The accompanying letter claimed that the assessments had shown that there would be no “adverse impacts” on the surrounding area.

It also states that Merkur Adult Play Centers are “well-managed premises, which do not attract and/or generate noise impacts and disturbances” and that no noise complaints have been filed since. the opening of the King Street center in 2021.

Photo from 2019, before the closure of the Tui branch and the neighboring H Samuel.

Additionally, the planning documents confirm that a member of staff would be “available at all times to ensure that guests respect the surrounding resident amenities”.

A decision on the request for accommodation for 24-hour opening hours will be made after consultation with the council.


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