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Slot machine increase to get second look from Abbotsford council

A request for more slot machines at Abbotsford's Chances Community Gaming Centre will get a second look from council.

Four weeks ago council denied the request, which would see the centre increase its machines from 125 to as many as 300.

But Mayor Bruce Banman brought the request back on Monday night. While the zoning change was not given first reading, council did approve Banman's request to reconsider the situation.

Staff will now prepare a new report on the expansion for council to debate at a future meeting. If they grant the request first reading, it would then go to a public hearing.

Coun. Simon Gibson, who voted against the proposal the first time, reiterated his objections to more slot machines.

"I'm not surprised this is being brought back, but I'm disappointed. I felt that council, by its vote last time, showed some leadership."

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