Southend Council has confirmed a raft of ambitious proposals for the town’s iconic pier, including a new restaurant in the Royal Pavilion, family attractions, and a cafe.
The plans are part of the authority’s major investment in the world’s longest pleasure pier, which has already delivered an overhaul of the train system, and new pierhead toilets.
“Southend Council is also planning for an old pier train to be used as a seating area and is planning a new children’s area, including a trampoline,” reported the Echo. “The new fleet of trains are being assembled on the pier at the moment.”
“Council bosses say they have remodelled the interior of the Royal Pavilion to deliver a new restaurant. The council is working on staff training and recruitment for the restaurant and bar with an opening date expected in the coming weeks.”
Though work will only begin on the cafe after an operational business case has been approved by the council, a spokesperson for the authority offered a provisional date of Spring 2022 for the opening of the new pierhead toilets.
“These toilets include a solid floor viewing platform offering fantastic views out to the estuary where people can sit and watch the boats go by.”
Hmmm. That will be interesting for the boats.