Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tag: Southend Council

“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.

Cafe and attractions in store for Southend Pier proposals

Southend Pier seaside regeneration
Southend Council has confirmed a raft of ambitious proposals for the town’s iconic pier, including a new restaurant in the Royal Pavilion, family attractions, and a cafe.

Southend visitation “definitely” up on 2020

Southend visitation up on 2020
Data from Google has revealed a significant increase in footfall in Southend this summer, with numbers rising from 24 percent below pre-pandemic levels in 2020 to just five percent lower between July and September this year.

Southend arcadians oppose “disastrous” road closure

Southend road closures opposed by arcadians
Southend Council’s decision to periodically close Marine Parade has been branded “ludicrous” by arcades operating along the seafront, who warn the measures will severely impact trade.

Southend to bid for “city by the sea” status

Southend city bid
Southend Council is to decide on submitting an application for city status, with councillor’s stating they are “keen to support and enter this bid on behalf of the community.”

Southend Pier provides renovation update

Southend Pier renovation update
Southend Pier has updated visitors on renovations taking place at the seaward end of the pier, which have required the presence of a crane barge a mile out to sea.

Southend Pier trains back on track

Southend Pier trains
Following a short delay due to supply chain issues caused by the third lockdown, Southend Council has confirmed the pier’s new electric trains are set to be delivered on 19 July.

Southend Pier refurbishment set for summer arrival

Southend Pier refurbishment work
Southend Council has confirmed its multimillion pound restoration of Southend Pier is underway, with the new Royal Pavilion restaurant and refurbished train service set to be in operation in time for summer.

Road rage: Southend fury at new parking charges

Southend parking charge fury
If there’s one thing that can raise the temperature of Southend folk, it’s parking fees in the seaside resort. And that temperature blew the thermometer last week

“Enough is Enough”: Resentment grows as Tier 3 hits Britain’s coastal resorts

Philip Miller enough is enough on Government restrictions Southend
Resentment is growing in the industry towards the government’s tier restrictions, with one operator, Philip Miller, going to his regional newspaper to tell the local and national government: “Enough is enough”.

Southend considers HMS Belfast-like attraction for pier

Southend Pier decommissioned HMS Belfast
The deputy leader of Southend Council has stated “nothing is off limits” in plans for investing in Southend Pier, including the mooring of a decommissioned warship alongside the landmark.

“The world has changed”: Southend Council drops £10m pier pavilion plan

Southend Pier development plans shelved
With the civic response to Coronavirus draining development funds, Southend Council has shelved plans for a £10m pavilion at the entrance to the UK’s longest pier, favouring instead a concentrated investment in the pierhead.   Southend Council has been forced to shelve plans for a new £10m pavilion at the entrance to Southend Pier following the impact of Coronavirus on public...

Re-open the resort? Not on our seafront, says Southend Council

Southend seafront lockdown measures
Two prominent voices from Southend’s local authority have pushed back against newly-relaxed lockdown measures, with council leader Ian Gilbert saying he may well shut down the seafront to dissuade visitors.

Southend pier set for new pavilion and train platform

Southend Pier new pavilion and train platform
Aiming to attract one million people a year to the world’s longest pleasure pier, Southend Council is investing in a new train and a new pavilion after previously approving a £100m development for the town’s seafront.

Southend Council pulls planning meeting as Adventure Island calls on DCMS to intervene

Southend Adventure Island owner development
Five years after Southend Borough Council sold Seaway Car Park to Turnstone Estates for £1, the dispute over its controversial £50m development continues..

Bank holiday heat provides seaside boost

Bank Holiday seaside boost
The August bank holiday brought a late-summer boost for much of Britain’s coastal resorts as the nation recorded record-breaking temperatures.

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 Pier confirms over 18,000 Easter visitors

Southend Pier
New figures from Southend Council have revealed that a total of 18,461 people visited the pier over the Easter bank holiday weekend - more than for the whole of March.

Adventure Island boss steps up pressure on Southend council

adventure island southend
Adventure Island owner Philip Miller has ramped up his criticism of Southend Borough Council over rises to car parking charges and business rates.   Earlier this month he took to Twitter to articulate his fears that the increases could see more recognisable retail brands leave the resort and hit visitor numbers. Now he has spoken to an Essex regional newspaper to put...

Record numbers at Southend Pier as £6.3m pavilion announced

Coinslot - wifi Southend Pier £6.3m pavillion
More people have visited Southend Pier in the first half of year than ever before, and by 2020 they will be able to enjoy its brand new £6.3m pavilion building too.   It’s been a week of good news for Southend Pier which has been advised that is to get a new £6.3m pavilion, the announcement coming at the same time...

Removing all pleasure from the pier in Southend

Coinslot - Southend pier development
Southend Council has proposed a £300,000 development to the town’s pier demolishing the current arcade for an enhanced hospitality area.   Southend council has submitted an application that would see the existing amusement arcade demolished to make way for a new, larger, hospitality area. The £300,000 facelift for the pier entrance aims to enhance the visitor experience by creating a larger, more...