Tag: Martin Richardson

Changing of the guard at Southend Council welcomed by industry

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...