Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Blackpool

Star Flyer relocated after Blackpool Council orders dismantling

Blackpool Star Flyer ride relocation
A 65m Star Flyer attraction installed in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens ahead of the Wonderland festival has been relocated, after the council ordered its removal just hours before opening.

Off The Record – MPs / Medics / Interest Rates

Off the record MPs Parliament second jobs Medics AGCs FECs
In the light of new evidence concerning moonlighting elected representatives Off The Record asks when does the second job actually become the first job, how much should Medics receive to encourage them to relocate to work in Blackpool and argues why the industry needs to get more MPs into our AGCs and FECs - pronto!

Central Pier plans £4m ‘bigger’ wheel for 2023

Blackpool Pier Company Central Pier Wheel
As Blackpool prepares for a wave of tourist-focused investment and development, the town’s Central Pier is joining the trend - announcing plans for a “bigger, taller and even brighter” big wheel.

Hotels urge Blackpool Central to lead with attractions rather than accommodation

Blackpool Central development Hotels urge attractions lead
Blackpool’s hoteliers are saying build the attractions first in the £300 million regeneration project. Guests need a reason to visit otherwise they don’t need to be guests. It’s a compelling argument and fundamental to the quick success a revenue generating prospects of the Blackpool Central Scheme.

Blackpool Council backs new £2.3m Golden Mile development

Blackpool Golden Mile development Merlin
Merlin is going to be waving its magic wand in the next few years as Blackpool confirms its plans to redevelop Sea Life on the Golden Mile as part of a multi-million pound regeneration.

Fire service examines the cause of outbreak at Harts Amusements

Harts Amusements Bispham Fire examination
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has launched an investigation into a fire that broke out at Harts Amusements in Bispham on the morning of 17 October.

Blackpool enjoys “exceptional” tourism figures

Blackpool exceptional tourism figures
Blackpool Council has reported tourism in the town is enjoying “a remarkably strong recovery” post-pandemic, with footfall on the seafront and Promenade during July and August up 60 percent on 2019.

£300m Blackpool Central plans approved by council

Blackpool Central development approval
Blackpool Council has approved plans for the £300m Blackpool Central leisure and entertainment development, which is expected to begin first-phase construction early next year. The UK’s number one traditional seaside resort is ready for regeneration.

Blackpool South MP calls for business rates cut

MP pressure on Chancellor regarding business rates
The MP for Blackpool South has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cut business rates by 20 percent and increase taxes levied on online operators, in a bid to prevent small businesses on UK high streets collapsing post-pandemic.

Blackpool’s piers bounce back from 2020 losses

Blackpool Pier Company bounce back
The staycation phenomenon has certainly made its mark in the UK’s number one seaside resort with the Blackpool Pier Company “able to recover from the losses incurred in 2020” amid record visitation to the South, Central and North piers this year

“The UK is just as good”: Holidaymakers back Blackpool

Blackpool Tourism Illuminations
As the extended Blackpool illuminations draw crowds to the Fylde coast, the dedication of leisure and hospitality operators is paving the way for an unseasonal seaside renaissance.

Works begin on museum of fun

Construction begins Blackpool Museum of Fun
Construction on Blackpool’s first museum of “fun and entertainment” has begun, after Blackpool Council signed a lease agreement with Coolsilk Property and Investment Ltd.

“A wonderful challenge”: Haworth’s Prize Bingo still going strong

Haworths Prize Bingo Blackpool
The new owner of Haworth’s Prize Bingo has spoken of the difficulties in keeping the iconic “one win” Blackpool hall going, but noted “we’re still here and we’re still doing it.”

Blackpool’s Chris Higgitt becomes hit on YouTube over £1 burger

Chris Higgitt £1 Burger YouTube
After conquering the small screen, FEC operator Chris Higgitt is conquering the even smaller screen of YouTube as he attracts video makers from across the UK to his FEC and £1 burger bar, always making sure to big up Blackpool in front of the camera.

Blackpool rocks once again over ‘freedom weekend’

Blackpool Rocks The Return Fatboy Slim Freedom weekend
Blackpool celebrated its first major event since the pandemic began last weekend as Fat Boy Slim brought the seaside town back to life during Blackpool Rocks The Return.

Blackpool tourism firms back careers kickstarter

Blackpool Kickstart scheme
Five major tourism businesses joined forces with Blackpool Council last weekend in order to help young people find work at a Jobcentre Plus jobs fair, organised as part of the government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme.

Blackpool rising to the regeneration challenge

Blackpool Central regeneration
1,000 new jobs, an annual spending boost of £75 million a year and 600,000 additional tourists: Blackpool is on the rise. A detailed planning application for phase one of the Blackpool Central project has been submitted to the local authority this week.

Return of deckchairs pushes Blackpool’s claims

Blackpool return of Deckchairs
In a highly symbolic move the Lancashire resort of Blackpool is preparing to become the UK’s staycation capital by ushering in the return of deckchairs to the Lancashire resort’s beaches after a 10-year absence.

Blackpool Pier backs staff following reports of abuse amid reopening

Blackpool Pier Company reports of abuse backs workers
While the majority of customers returning to their favourite tourism and hospitality spots have behaved with respect, The Blackpool Pier Company has backed workers across the sector against a number of reported incidents of abuse since businesses reopened.

Blackpool Central plans out for consultation

Blackpool central development out for consultation
The developers behind the £300m Blackpool Central complex have launched a public consultation on the project, as a planning application gets underway for phase one of the ambitious project.

“Every day is like a Saturday” as Blackpool bounces back

Blackpool bounces back
The North West’s premier coastal resort has been in demand since lockdown ended, with cafes, restaurants, pubs and outdoor rides doing their best to supply visitors with Britain’s seaside experience while indoor amusements remain closed until at least the 17 May. Blackpool is booming.

Blackpool tourism bosses warn of price rises

Blackpool price rises warning
Blackpool Council has called on local businesses to help make the seaside resort’s recovery sustainable by keeping the town “affordable” to holidaymakers this summer.

Blackpool tourism to get £1m cash boost

Blackpool tourism cash boost
A £1m cash boost to help Blackpool’s tourism industry recover from the “near catastrophic effects of the pandemic” has been announced.

In with the new: Fun Zone FEC ready for action

Blackpool Fun Zone FEC
Blackpool’s Fun Zone Family Entertainment Centre is preparing to open its doors for the first time this May, offering an arcade, play area and inflatable adventure park all under one roof.

Blackpool set for £40m regeneration projects

Blackpool regeneration projects
As Blackpool becomes one of the first of seven UK towns to secure £40m of government funding as part of the Town Deal, the iconic seaside resort is set to witness a number of new developments this year.

Flood warning: UK’s leading coastal resorts “at risk” as sea levels rise

Seaside resorts flood risk
With climate change expected to continue dramatically altering sea levels, UK resorts such as Blackpool and Bognor Regis could be underwater by 2050, according to a new study.   A number of leading UK seaside resorts could be “underwater” by 2050 thanks to rising sea levels resulting from climate change, according to data produced by Climate Central. The study revealed holiday favourites...

Blackpool Central to submit first phase application for heritage area and ‘Gods’ theme park in April

Blackpool Central submission
Blackpool Central developers Nikal Ltd and Media Invest Entertainment are set to submit a planning application for the first stage of the £300m leisure and entertainment complex following a public consultation period.

Blackpool celebrates history of Golden Mile Centre

Blackpool celebrates history of Golden Mile centre
As Blackpool Council look for a new operator for the Golden Mile Centre, local newspaper The Gazette has taken the opportunity to look back 52 years at its early days on the seafront.

Council prepares CPO for Blackpool Central as plans for town’s biggest investment in a century move forward

Blackpool Central development
Blackpool Council is preparing to exercise compulsory purchase power to acquire ten acres off Central Drive, in order to begin Phase One of the £300m Blackpool Central entertainment complex.

Locked-down and now blocked off Blackpool’s promenade

Blackpool Central Pier street locked down
Blackpool Promenade will be partially closed for up to ten weeks as work commences to fill in an abandoned tunnel close to Blackpool’s Central Pier.