Blackpool South Pier hasn’t got its ticket to ride just yet. The council has deferred its decision on whether to allow the log flume ride a permanent residency on the promenade.
The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier will now have to wait until September to see if its application to keep the attraction’s log flume ride on its current site will be granted.
The Blackpool Pier Company has sought planning permission to keep its log flume ride on land adjacent to the pier.
A decision had been expected last week, but Blackpool Council has now deferred it until next month after the company’s agent was unable to attend a planning meeting.
Councillor Lynn Williams, chairman of the planning committee, said: “The applicant asked for a deferment as their agent was unable to attend, and we felt bound by fairness to agree to their request. However the application will be dealt with at our next meeting.”
18 months ago, Blackpool Pier Company had been granted permission to re-locate the log flume from its previous position amongst other amusement rides at the end of the pier to its current position on the promenade just north of the pier.
Back then, council planners sanctioned the relocation on the understanding that it would only be a temporary arrangement that would enable the flume to be replaced with a different ride and carry out improvements at the end of the pier.
Coming up for two years later, however, the ride’s new site has proved so popular with visitors to the resort that Blackpool Pier Company wants to make the move permanent.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has also raised a number of its own objections, including concerns that the ride could damage its own trade and threaten jobs if it is allowed to stay on the promenade.
The application will now go before Blackpool Council’s planning committee on September 18.