An announcement regarding plans to build a major year-round leisure destination in Blackpool is expected within weeks.
Plans for a “major new leisure development” in the heart of Blackpool are set to be released imminently as the local council looks to improve the resort’s year-round offering.
Nick Gerrard, programme director for growth and prosperity at Blackpool Council, revealed that the project – designed to revitalise the town’s Central Station site – is to see its official launch in the not-too-distant future.
Speaking at the launch of event of the latest Lancashire Business View Gerrard, he commented that an exclusivity agreement has been signed with an as-yet unnamed developer for a “major new leisure development” designed to“encourage the year-round visitor market”.
He went on to add that in addition to the entertainment locale there is up to six new hotels either under construction or in the pipeline as part of a drive to increase longer stays at the resort town.
Blackpool council deputy leader Gillian Campbell attended the recent IAAPA show in Florida alongside two other members of the growth and prosperity team to meet suppliers and finalise details of the project.
In her report to the full council upon her return she stated:“I am very excited to confirm that the launch of plans for the Central Station development is now imminent.
“Colleagues from our Growth and Prosperity team attended the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions conference in Florida with me to finalise the arrangements for the launch. We also took the opportunity to visit key suppliers for some of the developments that are included in the proposals. I am very much looking forward to revealing these plans to you all in the next few weeks.”
It is believed that work on the development has been ongoing behind the scenes for some time with the sup- plier exclusivity agreement reportedly signed in November 2016, the initial announcement of which nipped in the bud murmurings that the location was to see construction of a large scale casino premises.
Progress has been slow since, however back in June council leader Simon Blackburn confirmed that a number of contracts for the project had been drafted and that the town is in line for a range of world class attractions, some of which he believes will be the first of their kind in the UK.