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Arcades and fairs close to protect their staff as July temperatures rise

Happidrome Amusement arcade July weather
As temperatures rose across the UK this week, arcades and fairs were forced to make drastic changes to protect staff - with many temporarily closing their doors.

Corrigan and Chapman to take stand against “unfair” tourism tax

Corrigan and Chapman to take stand against 'unfair' tourism tax
Only some of the businesses with taxes owed to the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District are being chased for payment, but that list includes operators James Corrigan and Eddy Chapman, who are prepared to go to court to see that justice prevails.

“This is anti-business”: Southend’s arcadians condemn car parking price increase

Southend parking price increase plans
Amusement business owners and residents alike have criticised Southend Council’s plans to extend parking charges on the seafront, highlighting the significant role the area plays in driving the town’s economy.

Happidrome Arcade hit with flood of sewage

Happidrome Amusements Southend flooding
Happidrome Arcade owner Martin Richardson has described his “heartbreak” after heavy rain and blockages caused drains to flood Southend seafront with 18 inches of sewage last week.

Richardson still weighing up the benefits of freedom

Martin Richardson Happidrome Arcade
For a business like Martin Richardson’s a few pings could mean closure. And ‘don’t even go there’ on the subject of staff shortages.

Staff shortages in abundance across the amusements and gaming sector

Staff Shortages gaming sector
The message to the UK’s political elite is pretty stark: you’re underestimating the problem of staff shortages - at our peril. The lack of staff at operations around the amusements and gaming sector is very real. Coinslot speaks to a range of operators and discovers a unity - “recruitment has been hard and will get harder”.

Hamilton’s reopens after Happidrome relocation

Hamilton's Ice Cream Parlour Southend refurbishment relocation
Happidrome Arcade has unveiled the newly-refurbished and relocated Hamilton’s Ice Cream Parlour, featuring ice cream, cookies, Bubble Waffles, and its famous hot, fresh doughnuts.

Southend operator determined to correct Echo headline

Southend visitors urged within government guidelines
The owner of Southend’s Happidrome Arcade has encouraged locals to visit “in accordance with government guidelines” after the Southend Echo urged visitors to avoid the seafront.

Southend-on-Sea floats “staycation” strategy to regenerate resort

Happidrome Arcade Martin Richardson Southend-on-Sea
Councillors of the Essex resort envision an uptick in longer-term stays as a means for post-pandemic Southend to get back on its feet. But operators, notably Martin Richardson, remains uncertain that the council will turn words into action.

Richardson and Holland opt to remain closed past July 4

Happidrome not re-opening yet
Two high profile operators, Martin Richardson in Southend and Reece Holland in Whitby, have elected not to open just yet. They explain the rationale behind a very difficult decision.

Shifting sands: One coast, a multitude of approaches to re-opening

Brighton Pier closed Coinslot journeys the south coast round to the east and discovers that there’s nothing normal about local policy to re-opening arcades
Coinslot journeys the south coast round to the east and discovers that there’s nothing normal about local policy to re-opening.

Southend seafront back up-and-running with a little help from Richardson

Martin Richardson Southend Seafront ice cream
Weeks of wrangling between coastal traders and the town council in Southend-on-Sea resulted in a partial opening this weekend for ice-cream vendors and other seaside take-aways. At the very centre of the campaign was industry figure Martin Richardson who was flying the flag for operators up and down the country for movement on the arcadians side.

Richardson on lockdown: “Better to measure twice and cut once”

Lockdown measures Martin Richardson southend
Happidrome manager Martin Richardson has said he supports a longer lockdown now if it wards off the chance of repeated clampdowns in the future.

Happidrome serves 400 ice creams to Southend NHS staff

Happidrome Arcade Southend on Sea
With no customers to serve in Southend-on-sea, Happidrome owner Martin Richardson delivered a little bit of the British seaside experience to local NHS..

Happidrome owner criticises Southend Council leisure proposal

Seaway Martin Richardson Southend on Sea
Happidrome Arcade owner Martin Richardson has hit out at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council over its Seaway car park redevelopment plan, highlighting the..

Happidrome Arcade closes for winter renovation

Happidrome Arcade Southend on Sea
Happidrome Arcade has predicted “exciting times to come” for the Southend-on-Sea amusement centre, as it closes its doors for a renovation over the winter season.

Adventure Island calls on customers to oppose Seaway Leisure Development

Adventure Island Seaway Leisure Development
Adventure Island has urged Southend residents to oppose the redevelopment of nearby Seaway Car Park, citing a loss of 106 parking spaces in an already underserved location

No new copper coins minted in 2018 re-opens debate into currency’s future

copper coins
Last year marked the first time in years that the Treasury opted not to mint new copper coins, despite assurances to business that their long-term future..

Changing of the guard at Southend Council welcomed by industry

Southend Happidrome
The recent local elections saw the old leadership of Southend Council done away with, much to the relief of amusement stakeholders

Southend parking situation “desperate,” says Happidrome owner

Happidrome arcade Southend Parking situation
Southend amusements faithful Martin Richardson says that in starving the seafront of convenient parking, the town council is cutting it’s nose off to...

A tale of two incidents: Martin Richardson and the inconsistency of local policing

Happidrome-crime-interview
Martin Richardson, the man behind the Happidrome amusements centre in Southend, has been busy fighting to keep the town’s prized seafront safe. For him, the Marine Parade is a jewel in Southend’s community. So when anti- social behaviour occurs, he puts his 60 CCTV cameras to work to help the police do their job and make the seafront a...

Unseasonal wet weather hits Southend’s amusements trade

Coinslot - Southend happidromes wet weather
Southend has provided the seaside sector with a reminder of how vulnerable it can be to the British weather, with recent periods of prolonged rain proving problematic for businesses on its seafront.   Martin Richardson, owner of the resort’s Happidrome Arcade, has reported that the unseasonal wet weather has already had a negative impact on his business at a time when...

Call for pay and display to stop parking abuse in Southend

Coinslot Southend Amusements
A parking debacle is underway in Southend, with coastal arcades first in the firing line. Southend amusements operator has called for pay and display parking meters along the resort’s seafront to stop people abusing a scheme designed to help business owners. Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome FEC, said drivers were leaving their cars all day in on-road parking bays that...

Flood-hit operator welcomes promenade survey

Coinslot Happidrome Southend FEC
A Southend operator has welcomed the decision to carry out an underground inspection of an area of promenade outside his FEC that is prone to flooding. Martin Richardson, owner of the Happidrome Arcade, has already been forced to spend thousands of pounds on flood defences for the premises after it was left underwater three times. The City Beach area of Marine...

Southend operator to shame antisocial offenders on Facebook

Coinslot Southend operator
The situation on Southend seafront has become so bad that its businesses are to set up their own advance-warning communication network. Businesses on Southend’s seafront, including its amusement arcades, are to create their own radio communication network in response to a spate of antisocial behaviour and crime activities at the resort this summer. The incidents have become so frequent in 2016...

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