Friday, December 3, 2021

Tag: Southend

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.

Bowling alley plans unveiled for Southend nightclub

Bowling alley plans Southend
The former Talk Nightclub on Southend seafront could be transformed into a new bowling alley and American diner, if plans put forward by local arcade operator John Remblance are approved by the council.

Fantasia Amusements on the market for £195,000

Fantasia Amusements on market
Fantasia Amusements in Southend has been placed on the market, with local estate agent Dedman Grey advertising the long-established venue as a going concern.

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.

Full £250,000 refit for Adventure Island’s Dragon’s Claw

Philip Miller Adventure Island ride refurbishment
Adventure Island’s inverting thrill ride The Dragon’s Claw is to undergo a full £250,000 renovation, following 21 years entertaining guests at the Southend seafront park.

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.

Adventure Island confirms line-up for Island Fest

Adventure Island confirms line-up Island Fest
Adventure Island has announced some of the local acts taking part in its inaugural Island Fest music and arts festival, set to take place across the Southend park on 4 September.

“Really positive”: Southend arcades herald sunny return

Southend beach Remblance arcades reopening
The Remblance family, operator of multiple Southend arcades including Electric Avenue, Las Vegas, and New York, were among the seafront traders hailing the “really positive” sight of daytrippers returning to the coast this weekend.

Hamilton’s reopens after Happidrome relocation

Hamilton's Ice Cream Parlour Southend refurbishment relocation
Happidrome Arcade has unveiled the newly-refurbished and relocated Hamilton’s Ice Cream Parlour, featuring ice cream, cookies, Bubble Waffles, and its famous hot, fresh doughnuts.

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.

Southend Council reverses controversial parking charge increase

Southend parking decision reversed
Southend Council has voted to maintain free parking on the seafront after 6pm, following anger from local residents in response to plans for a price hike across the town.

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

Southend MP pushes for city status

Southend centre
The MP for Southend West is pressing ahead with his campaign to have Southend granted city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, ten years after Chelmsford was officially named Essex’s first city.

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.

Southend operator determined to correct Echo headline

Southend visitors urged within government guidelines
The owner of Southend’s Happidrome Arcade has encouraged locals to visit “in accordance with government guidelines” after the Southend Echo urged visitors to avoid the seafront.

“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”.

“Offensive and damaging”: Miller hits out at ‘kiss me quick’ dismissal

Southend Philip Miller hits out
The owner of Adventure Island has dismissed claims published as part of a property market index document that Southend suffers from a “kiss me quick” image, stating the comment is “offensive and damaging.”

Southend Pier to raise profile with webcam installation

Southend Pier council plans
Southend councillors have announced ambitious new plans to raise the profile of the town’s iconic pier, including 360 degree webcams, a dedicated website, and special events booking.

Southend MP joins Adventure Island staff for charity shift

Southend MP joins Adventure Island staff for charity
Adventure Island welcomed a new volunteer staff member last week in the form of James Duddridge MP, who spent the day assisting on the Axis roller coaster.

The Sun comes out for Adventure Island

Adventure Island
Adventure Island topped the bill in the Sun newspaper’s recent feature on UK attractions for a post-lockdown visit, with MD Marc Miller declaring that “it’s great to be back.”

UK amusements go “above and beyond” for re-opening

East Coast Re-opening amusements
Amusements across the UK went “above and beyond” to ensure the safety of their staff and customers on ‘Super Saturday.’ Coinslot took a look at how two east coast resorts - Southend and Skegness - took up the Covid ready challenge.

Bring back illuminations, say Southend traders

Call for return of Southend illuminations
Calls are increasing for the local council in Southend to step-up plans for an extension to the curtailed summer season, by bringing back regular firework displays in autumn, as well as resurrecting the town’s “Never Never Land” temporary attraction.

Businesses call on the PM to reduce social distancing to one metre

two metre social distancing
Attraction and hospitality firms across the UK have called on the government to halve the two metre social distancing guideline, in order to make a reduced-capacity return to business profitable.

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.

Seaway development decision deferred by Southend Council

Southend Seaway development
Southend Council development committee has deferred approval of the controversial redevelopment of Seaway Car Park over parking concerns, putting the £50m project in jeopardy

Adventure Island looks to Christmas event for footfall boost

Adventure Island Christmas
Adventure Island will turn itself into a winter wonderland over Christmas as operators look to boost footfall over the off-season.

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..

BBC takes minimum wage debate to Southend arcades

Southend promenade minimum wage BBC
With all major parties promising a minimum wage increase ahead of the election, the BBC visited Southend-on-Sea to investigate just what effect a higher..