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Gulzar meets and greets to soothe local anxiety over Hastings Pier closure

Hastings Pier, Gulzar, politics, seaside
Over 200 Hastings locals including secretary of staffer work and pensions Amber Rudd MP, attended a demonstration outside of Hastings Pier over the weekend to show their love for the award winning structure. The procession of protestors, who rallied under the title ‘If You Love The Pier, Join The Queue’, formed in single file at the pier gates to highlight...

Philip Miller launches plan to save Southend high street

Philip Miller, Southend, high street, seaside, amusement
Seaside amusement park operator Philip Miller has revealed a series of measures he believes will stop the decline of the resort’s town centre and make it thrive again. The owner of Southend’s Adventure Island amusement park has unveiled plans save it from dying”. Philip Miller MBE wants the road reopened to traffic, two hours of free parking and fewer double-yellow lines...

Lords select committee visits Scarborough for seaside fact-finding mission

Lords select committee, Scarborough, seaside, politics
Members of the House of Lords visited Scarborough last week as part of their fact-finding mission into the complex challenges faced by seaside towns and coastal communities. The visit is part of the Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns’ inquiry into the issues surrounding local businesses and skills,as well as its investigation into how regeneration and the visitor economy...

Weston clocks over 750,000 visitors for the year

Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier
Weston pier’s management have heralded what was a “funtastic” 2018 - despite severe climatic obstacles. Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier managed to attract over three quarters of a million people throughout 2018 - despite facing challenging business headwinds in the first half of the year. The pier’s management has claimed total visitation to December 1 in excess of 750,000 (set to rise further...

Blackpool reveals plans for £300 million game changing leisure investment

Blackpool, leisure, investment, seaside, holiday
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...

Withernsea Pier towers to be restored to former glories

Withernsea pier
Withernsea Pier’s historic towers are to be returned to their former glory after funding from the government’s coastal revival fund was secured for the site. A total of £48,600 has been allocated for the restoration work which is aimed to create a year-round public attraction and community hub. Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP made the announcement at the foot of...

CCF invites Felixstowe to apply for redevelopment funding

Felixstowe, suffolk, seaside, Coastal Communities Fund
Plans to redevelop a part of the seafront in Felixstowe, Suffolk, have passed the first stage of scrutiny by the Coastal Communities Fund - with councillors now being urged to apply for £950,000 in order bring their vision to fruition. The project’s focus is on a neglected stretch of Sea Road and nearby Martello Park, which Suffolk Coastal District Council...

Hastings Pier back in business

Hastings Pier, waves
Hastings Pier reopened last Saturday, after an electrical fire in the pier cafe put the attraction out of action for a week. It has been five months since the pier came under the new ownership of property magnate Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who has credited the “very quick thinking” of his staff in “minimising the damage” caused on the morning of...

Brighton Palace Pier labels seafront scheme ‘beyond madness’

Brighton Palace Pier, seaside, pier, seafront scheme
A new road layout planned for Brighton seafront would actually make traffic worse and damage tourism business, Brighton Palace Pier’s Anne Ackord has said. Brighton Palace Pier has hit out at a £7m scheme to change the seafront road layout directly outside its entrance,describing it as“fundamentally flawed”. Last week, Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee approved the...

Britain’s seaside a “two-speed” economy, claims Lord Bassam

Britain, seaside, economy, Lord Bassam, bacta
Coastal regeneration might well be a “complex” issue, but Lord Bassam of Brighton pledged to BACTA members that the House of Lords’ commission on the subject “wouldn’t duck the tough questions”. By his own admission shadow chief whip of the House of Lords, Baron Steve Bassam of Brighton, hadn’t even heard of Bacta until earlier this year - when his...

Clacton Pier starts second phase of development

Clacton Pier, development, pier, seaside, Billy Ball
The second phase of Clacton Pier’s £4m redevelopment has started and is set to be completed before next summer’s season. Work will now be focused on the site’s central concourse which, once completed, will provide a large all-weather area at the front of the attraction. Scheduled for completion in March of next year the development will provide a crucial sheltered link...

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...

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