Adding to his growing list of complaints, Philip Miller warned the local council that plans for a new £50m leisure complex will “severely damage trade” in the town should they come to fruition.
Miller, owner of Adventure Island and Sea Life Adventure, told the council more than two in three Southend Business Improvement District (BID) members are against plans to develop Seaway car park into a complex including a cinema, shops and restaurants.
“If predictability is what the council wants, they should be doing everything they can to take advantage of the growth in visitors taking staycations and increased parking in order gain more growth from tourism,” said Miller.
“Where are the much-promised tourism and parking strategy reports that show this council have a grip?”
The operator expressed concern that the Seaway development would “cause more high street shops and restaurants to close down” due to the added competition.