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Mumbles Pier plans unanimously approved by Swansea Council

Mumbles-Pier, redevelopment
Swansea Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved plans to redevelop the Mumbles Pier headland and foreshore, despite being blocked from having a final say by the Welsh Government. At a meeting last week, committee members praised the plans - submitted by pier owner Ameco - as aspiring to bring much- need business and tourism to the area. If given the go-ahead,they...

Rail disruption led to summer slump in Blackpool

Rail disruption, railways, seaside, summer, Blackpool
Improvement works and labour disputes at Northern Rail led to a marked drop-off summer visitation to Blackpool - as day-trippers “lost all faith” in the network. Rail chaos on the way in to Blackpool earlier this year was so disruptive that it kept large numbers of visitors away long after improvement work had come to an end, according to the...

Concerns mount over parking issues in Bournemouth

parking, Bournemouth, local councils
For some reason, local councils do not want cars in their towns, as evidenced in an abject town centre parking programme by authorities up and down the country. All of which is a major problem for seaside resorts who depend on sizeable parking facilities to accommodate families visiting the town. Bournemouth are the latest to feel the pain with local...

Protections for England’s coastal communities ‘not fit for purpose’

Climate change
Government climate advisors have warned that a new strategy is urgently needed to tackle the expected impacts of climate change on England’s seaside towns. In a new report, the Committee on Climate Change found that coastal communities, infrastructure and landscapes in England are already under significant pressure from flooding and erosion, with these threats set to increase in the future. This...

‘Visually distinctive’ plans for Mumbles Pier redevelopment revealed

Mumbles Pier, redevelopment plans,
Mumbles Pier has revealed new designs for the redevelopment of its foreshore buildings to the public. They offer a detailed look at the 31-room hotel and 26 flats that are being built as part of a £35m project. It comes as work continues on the £3.2m restoration of the pier itself, with period Victorian features being removed for storage and refurbishment. A...

All talk and no action: Canvey council under fire from within

Canvey council, local council, Canvey, politics, seaside
Pressure is mounting on Castle Point Council to make good on long-awaited coastal regeneration plans in Canvey Island, after one of its own members declared that all it seemed able to do was “talk talk talk.” A “masterplan” of redevelopment in Canvey has been bandied about since before the 2008 recession, with outlined plans detailing new public toilets on the...

Brighton Pier CEO encourages “building relationships” ahead of Leaders Lunch

Brighton Pier, anne ackord, seaside, brighton
With Brighton Pier considered a jewel in the crown of Britain’s seaside amusements, BPG CEO Anne Ackord knows that such prominence carries a weight of responsibility as she pushes supporting local business and tourism to the top of the group’s agenda. Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Business Leaders Lunch will see Anne Ackord address the need for effective...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides scoop double awards win

Coinslot Blackpool Tourism
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has celebrated more awards success after two of its rides were voted among the best for thrill-seekers in Europe. The amusement park’s new £16.25m ICON rollercoaster was voted as one of the best new coasters in Europe and Valhalla was named one of the continent’s best water rides at the European Star Awards. In addition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach...

Hunstanton looks to Hemingway for regeneration drive

Hunstanton
Beach reconstruction, re-development of carparks and street-food on the seafront are among measures being suggested to Norfolk councillors by famed designer Wayne Hemingway, who is fast becoming a leading figure in coastal regeneration. West Norfolk council has hired a London-based design consultancy to help guide a regeneration effort in the coastal community of Hunstanton. Hemingway Design has already taking the helm...

Seaside regeneration: Lords see life from the operational side

Bacta seaside amusements Regeneration MP delegation
Brighton Pier’s Anne Ackord and a delegation of top Bacta officials gave Lib Dem and labour peers a tour of the city’s amusements industry during last week’s party conference. The message was very clear: more needs to be done to maximise the opportunities that Britain’s seaside communities can offer.   Lord McNally: “Do you feel you have the right voices in...

Firms appointed to drive masterplan for Skegness foreshore

Skegness
An economic development company and an architects’ firm have been appointed to draw up ideas to improve the foreshore at Skegness. The Lincolnshire seaside resort’s foreshore is now classed as Grade II-listed and East Lindsey District Council has partnered with the two companies to help realise the masterplan it announced back in February. The seafront zone has huge importance to Skegness’s...

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach pro despite summer proving “too hot”

Coinslot Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach bridge
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones has stated that he was “delighted with the attendances” during the summer season. The historic pleasure park, opened in 1909 in the popular Norfolk coastal resort, saw visitor numbers rise significantly alongside the mercury, providing some recompense for a wet March and April. “We had such a poor start at Easter so we have...

Blackpool South Pier loses log flume planning permission decision

Blackpool South Pier
After moving onto the promenade, Blackpool South Pier’s log flume has been a hit with holidaymakers. But now the council has ordered it to be removed. The owner of Blackpool’s South Pier has lost out in its bid to keep a log flume ride on its current site on the resort’s promenade just north of the attraction. The Blackpool Pier...

Cleethorpes seafront proposal divides local legislators

Cleethorpes seafront
Serving as indication that not all development on Britain’s coast is welcome development - local activists in Cleethorpes are calling for a period of “proper consultation” ahead of plans to build three residential apartment blocks in direct proximity to the seafront. “One Cleethorpes” has the backing of the town’s MP Martin Vickers - who envisions the 99-apartment complex as a...

Clacton Pier gears up for armed forces celebration

Clacton Pier
A weekend of free entertainment is being organised at Clacton Pier over 22-23 September as a celebration of those in the British armed forces and their families. Similar events have been put on at the site for a number of years but this iteration will see those participating experience the pier’s new expansion for the first time. The offer of four...

Coinslot comment: Time to make a break from the seasonal break?

Weather sun beach
The latest tourism figures confirm that the UK’s appeal both domestically and abroad is on a high. Is this the signal for investment to optimise an all-year round season asks Ken Scott. Some say the football season starts too early,some think we should have a mid-season break, others say the season’s too long. And this year, we virtually had a...

VisitEngland survey: Tourism continuing to thrive in Blighty

Brighton-Palace-Pier
Neither Brexit nor terrorism could dampen the English tourist industry last year, with footfall up at two of Britain’s biggest amusement operations and throughout the coast. Both Brighton Pier and Yorkshire’s Flamingo Land theme park ranked among the highest visited attractions in the country last year,according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of participating leisure sites. Brighton’s iconic seaside magnet drew over 4.6m...

Southport Pier welcomes new bar opening

Southport Pier
The Pier Pit Stop comes at the forefront of a major re-development effort, along with assurances that the pavilion bar won’t be used as a late-night club space. The transformation of Southport Pier continues unabated, with last weekend seeing the official opening of a new hybrid bar, ice-cream parlour and super-fast pizzeria. The Pier Pit Stop is just the latest new...

Canvey Leisure Island hailed in national press

Canvey Island, Leisure Island
Canvey’s Leisure Island Fun Park has been named by The Telegraph as one of the top 10 destinations for island day trips and holiday breaks in the UK. A report in The Telegraph has placed Leisure Island in Canvey in the top ten locations for those wanting to plan an island day trip or staycation. The accolade comes at a time...

Seaside amusement parks amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites

Bournemouth Pier
The British public have had their say on their highest-rated holiday attractions, and unsurprisingly seaside amusement parks are right up there amongst them. Seaside amusement parks have once again proved to be amongst UK holidaymakers’ favourites in the Trip Advisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Brighton Palace Pier and Southend Adventure Island all featured in the internationally popular...

Grand Pier: The Phoenix of Weston, 10 years on

Michelle Michael
It has been a decade since a fire destroyed Weston-super-mare’s premier attraction, and while the memory of that day still stings for operator Michelle Michael MBE, the new Grand Pier has done its predecessor more than proud. Weston-super-mare’s Grand Pier “looks like it’s been part of the landscape forever now”, according to opera- tor Michelle Michael, who appeared on ITV...

Clacton amusements operators support resort clean-up

Clacton Pier
Amusements operators in Clacton have supported a major clean-up of the resort that took place ahead of the school summer holidays. On top of regular cleaning duties carried out by Tendring Council, its staff have carried out pressure-washing of the town’s pavements, removal of weeds and general cosmetic improvements before the peak summer season started last weekend. The effort has been...

Butlin’s brings seaside amusements to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street
A team of Butlin’s Redcoats has treated the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital to the joy of the British seaside. They travelled to London from the company’s resorts in Skegness and Minehead to host the Butlin’s Summer Party for those patients too ill to be transported for a day at the coast. The event offered a mix of traditional seaside...

New data reveals visitor numbers still booming in Blackpool

Blackpool
Amusements operators across Blackpool can expect a bumper season if the increase in visitors it is experiencing continues. Visitor numbers are on the rise in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast according to new figures that analyse the resort’s transport network. A report by Blackpool Council revealed that the number of people using its car parks and trams in May and June...

Process to replace pier at Colwyn Bay begins

Colwyn Bay
The resort’s Victoria Pier maybe no more, but next year could see the first step on the road to bringing a full-length pier back to the Welsh seaside resort. The construction of a new truncated pier in Colwyn Bay could start as early as spring 2019 after an architect was chosen to draw up the designs. The Welsh resort’s former Victoria...

Clacton Pier continues positive community action

Clacton Pier
Bosses at Clacton Pier are continuing their impressive programme of community support, welcoming families for a free fun day as part of a Rays of Sunshine event, allowing local schoolchildren to be a part of history and helping to support a fundraising walk. A group of seriously ill children were given a day to remember as they visited Clacton Pier...

Mr P’s set for “big seaside arcade adventure”

Mr P's Classic Amusements
It’s not just tourists heading to the coast this summer, but operators too, with Mr P’s Classic Amusements set to launch a new seaside FEC in the near future. But where will it be? The ‘Mr P’s Classic Amusements’ brand is going to expand into the seaside sector, with owners Dave and Amelia Douglas set to announce the new venue’s...

Blackpool amusement park moves a step closer

Blackpool amusement park
The possibility of a second amusement park at Blackpool has moved a step closer after the resort’s council claimed it is close to drafting agreements for the development of the Central Station site as a new leisure destination...

Heatwave heartens the seaside sector

Beach busy
With temperatures in the high twenties tempting tourists out to Britain’s seaside resorts, coastal operators are enjoying increased footfall and making the most of the current heatwave - which could last another month. Operators of the seaside sector have enjoyed a boon-filled June as high temperatures drove domestic tourism right onto the industry’s coastal doorstep. This leisure pilgrimage looks set to...

Burnham Pier named one of the UK’s top ‘tiny attractions’

Burnham-on-Sea Pier
Burnham-on-Sea Pier has been named as one of the UK’s best ‘tiny attractions’ thanks to its amusement arcade. The country’s shortest pier topped The Guardian’s top 10 list of attractions selected from a forthcoming compendium book titled ‘Tiny Britain’. The national newspaper wrote: “Nothing says British seaside like a pier, and as an example of British understatement, Burnham-on-Sea’s, at just 37...

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