Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tag: Piers

Plans revealed for new Isle of Sheppey piers

Plans revealed for new Isle of Sheppey piers
The chair of Queenborough Harbour Trust has unveiled new plans to build two new piers on the Isle of Sheppey, recreating the Flushing and Wildfire Piers which once framed the harbour.

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

Southend Pier defies odds to beat 2019 visitor numbers

Southend Pier
Southend Council has confirmed that more than 150,000 people visited the town’s ionic pier during 2020, with October and September even beating 2019 visitation figures.

Council puts out feelers for public stance on the regeneration of Bournemouth and Boscombe piers

Bournemouth Pier piers
The deputy leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) said that public response to the subject of redeveloping Bournemouth and Boscombe piers has been “passionate”.

New Claremont Pier owner vow to restoration and investment

Claremont Pier resoration to former glory
The new owners of Claremont Pier in Lowestoft, Suffolk, have said they intend to restore the 117-year-old attraction “to its former glory.”

Covid-19 crisis prompts 17 percent increase in BALPPA membership

Paul Kelly BALPPA
The British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions has announced a significant increase in membership during the pandemic.

What piers need are arcades: Chapman hails upward trajectory for seaside FECs

piers need amusements Dr Anya Chapman
Honorary secretary for the National Pier Society, Dr Anya Chapman, made it clear at Bacta’s AGM recently that piers are increasingly appreciating how much..

Times up for pier network? Not likely, says NPS chief

Pier network National Pier Society
Sea-level rises and increasing storms might be battering Britain’s piers, but National Pier Society head Tim Wardley is adamant that the attraction’s are...

Lights, Camera, attractions: Piers prove inviting for media

Piers inviting for media
Weston-super- Mare and Mumbles Piers proved the main attraction for the media recently  with the BBC filming at both locations, alongside some very special guest stars.

Public confirms piers and arcades are still a seaside priority

Staycation Piers Arcades seaside priority
With the staycation trend continuing to boom, a new survey has revealed that families hold amusement arcades and piers in high regard when it comes to choosing which resort to visit.   The British public has confirmed that amusement arcades and pleasure piers are still high on its list of priorities when it comes to taking a domestic seaside holiday. The findings...

Brexit staycations boost business for Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Pier
As the cloud of Brexit looms large over Westminster, seaside operators such as Mumbles Pier are beginning to see the silver lining..

Clacton Pier celebrates 147 years with £4m development opening

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier has celebrated its 147th year with the opening of a new £4m development designed to establish the site as a year-round attraction. The historic Clacton Pier celebrated its 147th year on Saturday 21 July with a day of revelry, musical acts and free entertainment. As well as highlighting the memorable milestone the event marked the opening of the...

New entrance plans to return Aberystwyth Pier to ‘former glory’

Aberystwyth Royal Pier
The Royal Pier’s owner has said that enhancing the entrance to its pavilion building is crucial to keep its business - including the arcade - sustainable. The amusement arcade on Aberystwyth’s Royal Pier is set for a major facelift as part of a scheme that would see the attraction undergo its first regeneration work in 30 years. Owners Revgate Aberystwyth Ltd...

Peer to Pier – The year in piers

Piers Pier
Anthony Wills, media relations office at the National Piers Society, provides a potent overview of Britain’s quintessential seaside attraction, from success on Southsea South Parade, to heartbreak down in Hastings...

Canvey Island bids for £1m Coastal Communities funding

Canvey Island
Canvey Island has submitted a bid for £1m of funding from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. If approved, the cash would be used to upgrade facilities and regenerate part of the island’s seafront around its Thorny Bay Beach, not far from the Leisure Island and Fantasy Island amusement parks. The timing of the announcement comes just a fortnight after Fantasy Island’s...

Hottest early May bank holiday on record packs Britain’s piers

Beach busy
The seaside sector was well and truly kicked-into gear over the early May bank holiday as families flocked to Britain’s coastline to bask in 28.7C temperatures and play their favourite 2p pushers. Piers and FECs along Britain’s coastline recorded an “unprecedented” amount of footfall over the early May bank holiday weekend - the hottest on record since its inception in...

Eastbourne Pier planning decision paves way for more amusements

Eastbourne Pier’s commercial prospects have grown thanks to a change of heart at the council. Now, owner Abid Gulzar is determined to make the pier great again, and insodoing raise the prospects for Eastbourne, the sleeping giant on England’s south coast.   In a surprise but welcome move, plans to replace the Victorian kiosks that were burnt down in the 2014...

Good news for Llandudno Pier as pavilion plans blocked

Coinslot - Llandudno Pier arcade income
The Welsh government has intervened in the progress of a controversial development that some fear could end amusements on Llandudno Pier.   A last-minute intervention by the Welsh Government has blocked the go-ahead being given to plans to build apartments on the site of Llandudno’s former pier pavilion. Last week, just as Conwy Council planners were moving to give them the green...

No more parties in Eastbourne: Pier owner shuts nightclub

The nightclub at the end of Eastbourne Pier will close its doors after a decision from the pier’s owner.   Sheikh Abid Gulzar made the decision days after announcing “substantial” investment in a new clock tower at the entrance to the pier. Atlantis held its final club night on Wednesday. “We would like to sincerely thank all our loyal customers over the...

Parking price increase hits Grand Pier footfall

People are voting with their feet and leaving earlier due to a rise in the cost of parking their cars. Grand Pier, Weston’s most popular amusements attraction, is paying the price.   The owners of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier have blamed a hike in parking charges after it saw a loss of 65,000 visitors last year. The pier suffered a 63 per cent...

Llandudno pavilion plans still angering locals as Williams leads the calls for change

Coinslot - Llandudno Pier council setback
Developers have revealed their latest plans for a complex in Llandudno, much to the chagrin of many locals who feel the town would be better served with a project to attract tourism. Llandudno Pier owner, Adam Williams, believes the town must have more.   New proposals for an £18m apartment and restaurant complex on the site of Llandudno’s former pavilion are...

No more grumbles at Mumbles: restoration plans given go-ahead

Coinslot Bollom Mumbles Pier
Swansea council has given the final green light to plans to restore the historic Mumbles Pier and its surrounding area, with work now expected to commence in June. The pier’s owner, Ameco, to date has spent upwards of £500,000 in order to keep the Victorian structure open and operational whilst carrying out repair works to ensure its structural, and economic...

Clacton pier reopens following installation

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier has reopened following the successful installation of a £75,000 power transformer, replacing an existing system that had been in place since the 1930s.   Work was originally expected to see the pier close for close to a week but was completed within two working days. Pier director, Billy Ball commented that the down time allowed for other improvements: “Our electrical...

Mini-golf course scheme still proposed for Blackpool Central Pier

The owners of Blackpool’s three piers have said they still want to move forward with proposals for a new golf-based attraction on a site adjacent to the Central Pier.   The Sedgwick family’s scheme for an 18-hole mini adventure golf course has recently had its planning permission renewed by Blackpool Council. Applicant Gaynor Sedgwick said the project was still one they wanted...

Clacton Pier prepares to power up after its biggest upgrade for 50 years

Before the month is out, Clacton Pier will complete the installation of a transformer that will facilitate its transition to becoming a true 52-week a year attraction.   Clacton Pier will be in ‘complete darkness’ for up to five days this week as final touches are made to £1m-plus renovations that will create its biggest transformation for half a decade. Directors at...

Weston-super-Mare pier prepares to invest in innovation

Coinslot - old Weston Grand Pier Italian gardens
With an overall strong arcade performance despite unfortunate weather in crucial periods, Weston-super-Mare pier owner Michelle Michael is heading to EAG in hunt of further innovation.   Following a seven figure investment at the start of 2017, Michelle Michael, owner of Weston-super-mare pier, was impressed with last seasons machine takings, despite the worst of the weather coming at the worst...

Clacton operators hail success of public-private tourism campaign

By pooling their efforts - and budgets - with their local council, two of Clacton’s amusement operators have helped grow the value of its tourism industry.   Two of Clacton’s biggest amusement operators have hailed a public-private initiative that they have seen boost the health of the resort’s tourism industry. The Love Clacton campaign, which launched three years ago, was funded...

Chef Jamie Oliver unveils free WiFi on Southend Pier

Coinslot - wifi Southend Pier £6.3m pavillion
  Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has welcomed the addition of a free WiFi service on Southend Pier.   The installation now means that visitors can enjoy seamless internet connectivity throughout the town as part of a recently-launched council initiative, with this latest upgrade extending the whole 1.34 miles of the pier. Ann Holland, councillor for culture, tourism and the economy, said: “All of...

Clacton Pier to update safety procedures

  Clacton Pier is to undertake to full safety inspection to ensure best practices at the destination following an incident, which left a young child shaken but not seriously injured - the first accident in an unblemished record that spans four decades.   It is reported that pier bosses have filed a report following the incident on a children’s ride on Saturday....

Hastings Pier in turbulent waters

hastings pier waters
  The Hastings Pier Charity group has been left planning a restructuring following an underwhelming summer period, whilst talk of private ownership of the structure has begun in Eastbourne.   Following a less-than positive 12 months of operation the charity that runs Hastings Pier has announced a workforce restructuring in light of poor earnings and discussions over a commercial takeover have arisen. Since...