Tag: Blackpool

Blackpool to suffer more than most from lockdown, says new report

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A new report by think-tank the Centre for Cities has once again highlighted the degree of regional disparity in Britain when it comes to the economic impact of the country’s ongoing lockdown misery.

Blackpool Police seek arcade raid thief

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Police in Blackpool are appealing for information after a man broke into Warwicks Amusements in the early hours of 27 February and stole approximately £2,000.

Blackpool ‘committed’ to 2020 spending, says council

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Blackpool Council has said that it will go ahead with a massive new investment scheme which will revitalise the local economy “beyond all recognition,”.. 

Robbed of Easter: Coastal resorts at risk of becoming “ghost towns” says DCN

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A spokesperson for seaside authorities has said the loss of the Easter season could have “devastating impact” on the long-term health of the UK’s coastal resorts. No shit?

Second-gen Sedgwick grabs a piece of Blackpool’s Golden Mile

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The daughter of a Blackpool amusements magnate has stepped in to purchase a key piece of real estate on Blackpool’s Golden Mile

Blackpool positive for its post-Brexit future

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Nearly four years on from its decision to leave the EU, business and politics stakeholders in Blackpool remain optimistic for Britain’s brave new world..

Retro arcade at former Blackpool casino site

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A large retro arcade is to be opened in Blackpool at the site of two former casinos. The Arcade Club venture will open in a premises on Bloomfield Road..

Blackpool South Pier directors face six month wait for asbestos sentence

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Two directors of The Blackpool Pier Company found guilty of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees must wait until 1 May 2020 to be sentenced by Preston Crown Court.

No dice: South Pier’s log flume forced into early retirement

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The log-flume ride on the Prom by Blackpool’s South Pier will shortly be no more - after an appeal to the UK Planning Inspectorate fell on deaf ears.

Blackpool visitor numbers rise for fourth year running

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A report by independent tourism analyst GTS has revealed that 2018 saw Blackpool enjoy its fourth consecutive rise in annual visitor numbers, with two..

Crisis averted: Coral Island gets off lightly in fire

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Fears that a fire at Coral Island amusements on Blackpool’s Central Promenade last week would cause irreparable damage have been allayed.

Blackpool couple opens new Glitch Gaming Lounge

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Blackpool gamers have welcomed the arrival of Glitch Gaming Lounge, a brand new video gaming venue on Grosvenor Street, opened and run by local couple..

Blackpool’s new Boulevard hotel is a sign of changing times, says Thompson

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Pleasure Beach dynasty-member Amanda Thompson says a new luxury hotel in shows how Britain’s best-loved seaside resort is branching out.

Blackpool wins legal dispute over problem promenade

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Blackpool Council has confirmed that cracks in the town’s promenade caused by defects in the sea defences are to be repaired by the contractor, at no cost

Club 3000 bingo given approval for Blackpool site following appeal

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Club 3000 bingo is to open in Blackpool next year after a successful appeal against the plan’s blocking. A successful appeal has overturned a Blackpool council decision to block a Club 3000 bingo project. The company sough to develop on the site of an under-performing pub at the Festival Leisure Park. The council cited parking worries when throwing the plans out. Club...

Hopes raised once more for Blackpool mega-casino

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An exclusive report from The Sun last week claimed that ministers have suggested that Blackpool could once again be earmarked for Britain’s first ever “super-casino.”

Blackpool to welcome first museum after £4m Lottery grant

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Blackpool Council has announced its Show Town: The Museum of Fun and Entertainment will open in March 2021, after the town secured a £4m lottery grant to open its first museum.

Blackpool survey shows impressive gains in footfall

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Visitation rates have leapt in Blackpool this year, with particular growth in the number of overnight stays. according to the latest figures from the..

“The Great British Coast has enormous potential”

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In his response to a report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities, communities secretary James Brokenshire

Long-running attractions align to celebrate Blackpool Tower’s anniversary

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As Blackpool Tower celebrated 125 years since it opened to the public in 1894, fellow attractions on the Lancashire coast have wished the landmark well..

South pier flume gets Blackpool all astir

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The repositioning of a log-flume ride by Blackpool’s South Pier continues to ruffle feathers amongst the town council’s planning committee.

Blackpool identified as key to seaside revival

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Blackpool has been identified as the key for a new initiative that would show how the issues affecting seaside resorts could be replicated nationwide. The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns recommended it be the first resort to receive a ‘town deal’, involving a strategic approach between national and local government to develop specific solutions. Lord McNally, a...

Cork set to welcome new Blackpool-born bingo hall

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Cork County Council has granted permission for Sunbeam Bingo to convert a former furniture store on Ballyhooly Road, Ballyvolane, into a new bingo hall. Following the closure of the operator’s Blackpool hall in June 2018, Sunbeam are set to remploy 12 people previously employed at the venue in its new Irish location. The submission for the site, next to a Lidl...

Visitors still seeking the “nostalgic, family-friendly seaside experience that’s synonymous with Blackpool”

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Chris Higgitt, operator of Higgitt's Las Vegas Amusements, explains that despite the ongoing rail disruption...

New Blackpool tourism plan aims for 500,000 visitor boost

Blackpool’s ambition to maintain its position as the UK’s most popular seaside resort has been laid out in a new version of its destination management plan. Blackpool Council has set out its tourism goals that aim to boost annual visitor numbers at the resort by 500,000 in its second destination management plan. It revealed that since the first plan was launched...

Blackpool posts five year plan for “first-class tourism product”

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A five year plan for Blackpool, which includes investment in transport links and the completion of the new conference centre at Winter Gardens,has been laid out by the council. The blueprints spell out a timeline for finishing the tram extension up the Prom and developing the £300m plans for Blackpool Central Station, as well as proposing changes to the town’s...

Flooding disaster shuts Funland until Spring

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One of Blackpool’s biggest amusement arcades has had to close its doors early ahead of the winter season after it was hit with flooding on three floors. Fire crews were called to the arcade at 5:30am on Thursday December 20 after reports of flooding at the popular seafront arcade. Funland has confirmed it will remain closed ahead of the winter season,...

‘Bleakpool’ no more: New developments could see change in Blackpool’s reputation

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In what was heralded as a “game changer”, Blackpool’s tourist economy will be given a boost thanks to a new £300m project which promises to provide a shot in the arm for the Golden Mile suggests Edward Lowton. Blackpool hasn’t always attracted the best press over the years, even Coinslot - yes Coinslot my friends - inadvertently and with an...

Blackpool reveals plans for £300 million game changing leisure investment

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Blackpool hasn’t been top of the seaside resort charts without reason. And it intends on staying there with a £300 million reinvention for the amusements capital of the UK. Hi-tech regeneration plans released by Blackpool Council aim to pump £300m into a new leisure complex, in what will be the single largest investment in the resort’s tourist industry for over...

Plans for major development in Blackpool set for imminent release

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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...