Plan to turn Southend seafront kiosk into new cafe

Plan to turn seafront kiosk into new cafe

Plan to turn seafront kiosk into new cafe

First published in Local News

A SEAFRONT kiosk created in the 1950s could be turned into a cafe under new plans.

A planning application has been lodged with Southend Council to transform the Wish You Were Here kiosk, in Eastern Esplanade, Southend.

Richard Gladwin, who runs the kiosk, wants to put in an extension at the back and reinforce the roof after vandals broke in numerous times.

He will replace its timber frame, install new windows and put decking down with a roof over it to offer hot food, drinks, and sweets.

Mr Gladwin, who also operates the adjacent Arnold Palmer Putting Course, said: “It’s a 1950s building and we want to bring it up to 2014 standards.

“This is all part of trying to make this side of Southend look more attractive.

“We’ve got the Premier Inn hotel coming in soon across the road and we want to make the area look a bit smarter.

“We’re looking to put in a new roof as we’ve been broken in a couple of times by vandals in the past couple of years so this is an extra security measure too.”

If planning permission is given, the building will be the latest in a chain of seafront units that have extended out to become cafes, with the Pebbles Two restaurant in Marine Parade a recent example.

Themove will also see an extra three people employed there.

Planning agent Roy Hunt said: “The owners have had some problems with vandals breaking in through the roof and instead of knocking it down we thought it would be sensible to build around the existing structure and extend it.”

He added that solar panels are likely to be installed on the new roof, too.

Southend Council owns the building, but leases it to Mr Gladwin.

Lawrence Davies, Ukip councillor for the Kursaal ward, said: “I am very supportive of small businesses in Southend and the news of a business on the seafront expanding can only be good. Hopefully it will create more opportunities.”

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8:15am Thu 7 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

"He will replace its timber frame, install new windows and put decking down with a roof over it to offer hot food, drinks, and sweets".
So basically he'll replace this building with new, a good way of getting around the planning regs..
"He will replace its timber frame, install new windows and put decking down with a roof over it to offer hot food, drinks, and sweets". So basically he'll replace this building with new, a good way of getting around the planning regs.. sesibollox
  • Score: 2

8:21am Thu 7 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

sesibollox wrote:
"He will replace its timber frame, install new windows and put decking down with a roof over it to offer hot food, drinks, and sweets".
So basically he'll replace this building with new, a good way of getting around the planning regs..
definitely, but not as adept at it as Ms Waite...
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: "He will replace its timber frame, install new windows and put decking down with a roof over it to offer hot food, drinks, and sweets". So basically he'll replace this building with new, a good way of getting around the planning regs..[/p][/quote]definitely, but not as adept at it as Ms Waite... pembury53
  • Score: 1

11:50am Thu 7 Aug 14

Life in a seaside town says...

This seems like a real step in the right direction for this end of the seafront.
Having looked at the drawings and read the submitted reports, there seems to be a sensible and attractive logic to this project. It can only be good for SBC as they will be getting a new, modern, purpose built structure for free, as it remains the property of SBC.
"Good luck to her and all that sail in her".
This seems like a real step in the right direction for this end of the seafront. Having looked at the drawings and read the submitted reports, there seems to be a sensible and attractive logic to this project. It can only be good for SBC as they will be getting a new, modern, purpose built structure for free, as it remains the property of SBC. "Good luck to her and all that sail in her". Life in a seaside town
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Cool, exactly what the seafront needs.... another cafe!....... not
Cool, exactly what the seafront needs.... another cafe!....... not Controversial1
  • Score: -6

1:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Let the seafront building begin. Its happening, soon the seafront will be for the rich.
Let the seafront building begin. Its happening, soon the seafront will be for the rich. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -3

3:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

emcee says...

Southend-on-Sea - come and see the world famous "cafe" promenade where you can enjoy overpriced tea, coffee, sandwiches, cake, fish and chips and hamburgers. Oh, and there is a long jetty you can walk along where... erm... overpriced tea, coffee, sanwiches... awaits you at the end. Mmmmm, yum.

Ok, so there will always be a place for the odd cafe or three but the whole seafront is being flooded with them. Is there really a need for so many? Doesn't anyone pack a picnic anymore.

May as well rebrand the town Southend-on-Tea.
Southend-on-Sea - come and see the world famous "cafe" promenade where you can enjoy overpriced tea, coffee, sandwiches, cake, fish and chips and hamburgers. Oh, and there is a long jetty you can walk along where... erm... overpriced tea, coffee, sanwiches... awaits you at the end. Mmmmm, yum. Ok, so there will always be a place for the odd cafe or three but the whole seafront is being flooded with them. Is there really a need for so many? Doesn't anyone pack a picnic anymore. May as well rebrand the town Southend-on-Tea. emcee
  • Score: 0

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