Could Southend Pier get a boutique hotel?

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft and chief executive Rob Tinlin at the pier

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft and chief executive Rob Tinlin at the pier

First published in FORUM by

A BOUTIQUE hotel could be built to replace the old AMF bowling alley on Southend Pier.

The idea forms part of a new prospectus launched by Southend Council as it again seeks to find a developer to invest millions in the 1.3-mile landmark.

The council has also ruled out rides and amusements at the end of the pier, opting instead for “relaxed recreation” based on a maritime theme.

The document, issued to companies at the start of the Thames Gateway Forum in London, said: “The leisure and entertainment offer will be expected to be open throughout the day and in the evenings and operate all year round.

“The offer must be of a calibre which promotes Southend as a quality, all year round attraction.”

The suggested options which the council hopes will be brought forward by developers include: l Setting aside areas on the pier for an extensive events and entertainment programme l A high-quality restaurant, cafes and kiosks l Boutique hotel at the shore end l Improved facilities to host visiting ships and crews.

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft insisted private companies would be interested in investing in the pier, despite the credit crunch and all previous development plans being ditched.

He said: “We are not looking for something which is going to happen in the short term, but a major investment for the future.

“Southend is one of the few seaside places in the country which has something by which it is known the world over. Blackpool has its tower, Brighton has the Royal Pavilion and Southend has the pier.”

Mr Holdcroft said he did not feel amusement arcades and rides were appropriate for the pier. He added: “The public has made it clear they do not want another major amusement complex like Adventure Island on the pier.

“I believe the pier can complement Adventure Island and the two of them can work together for their mutual benefit. If anyone has plans for another major amusement complex in Southend on this sort of scale, we would be delighted to hear from them and talk about the opportunities available.

“But I do not think this is the way forward for the pier and the public in our consultation have made it clear they want something lower key.”

Rob Tinlin, chief executive and town clerk, pledged to keep the public informed about the plans.

He said: “I want to make one thing clear. Anything we do when we talk to a private company will be conducted as openly as possible all the way through.

“The people of Southend love the pier and think it is something dear to them. They want to know what the council is doing about its restoration.

“I am determined to ensure we do not have a repeat of 2004, when consultants were involved and it went on behind closed doors.

“Then, the council had a company coming in which pulled out at the last minute. This is not going to happen now.”

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10:11am Thu 27 Nov 08

seeview says...

Dream on!
Dream on! seeview
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10:38am Thu 27 Nov 08

southendreb says...

It must be the Pantomime season here again , Is this a picture of the chuckle brothers. O no its the two people running our town.So what are Alladin and the Genie going to produce by rubbing their magic lamp. It is a lovely pier , Yes we are.
Altogether now kids O no your not.
The sad thing is one should know better, but does not. the other does not know better but should.
It must be the Pantomime season here again , Is this a picture of the chuckle brothers. O no its the two people running our town.So what are Alladin and the Genie going to produce by rubbing their magic lamp. It is a lovely pier , Yes we are. Altogether now kids O no your not. The sad thing is one should know better, but does not. the other does not know better but should. southendreb
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10:48am Thu 27 Nov 08

Peter Pantsless says...

A boutique hotel! LMFAO!!!!!

Ha Ha, please stop my insides are killing me!

Why-o-why cant SBC come down from planet cuckoo, What we need is either a permanent ice-rink or why not just turn it into a carpark to replace the thousands of spaces the council have removed over the past few years.(Then even Anna Waste could plant her beloved trees in each corner!)
A boutique hotel! LMFAO!!!!! Ha Ha, please stop my insides are killing me! Why-o-why cant SBC come down from planet cuckoo, What we need is either a permanent ice-rink or why not just turn it into a carpark to replace the thousands of spaces the council have removed over the past few years.(Then even Anna Waste could plant her beloved trees in each corner!) Peter Pantsless
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11:50am Thu 27 Nov 08

BASILBRUSH says...

I can't keep up. When will all talk in this town about development and regeneration end and some actual building start?
By the time many of the proposals have got off the ground I shall be retired and happy with a bench to break wind on let alone a boutique hotel.
Come on Southend stop procrastinating and get on with something.
I can't keep up. When will all talk in this town about development and regeneration end and some actual building start? By the time many of the proposals have got off the ground I shall be retired and happy with a bench to break wind on let alone a boutique hotel. Come on Southend stop procrastinating and get on with something. BASILBRUSH
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12:43pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Cor Blimey says...

This article has been published on the wrong date....It not April 1st yet!

Wotta load of olde SH**E !
This article has been published on the wrong date....It not April 1st yet! Wotta load of olde SH**E ! Cor Blimey
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12:45pm Thu 27 Nov 08

SARFENDMAN says...

NIGEL & ROB are they a new comedy act? Sorry but the jokes we've all heard before so perhaps a new script writer is urgently needed to save the show. It's too late for I'M A BIG NOISE COUNCIL OFFICIAL GET ME OUT OF HERE as an option.
NIGEL & ROB are they a new comedy act? Sorry but the jokes we've all heard before so perhaps a new script writer is urgently needed to save the show. It's too late for I'M A BIG NOISE COUNCIL OFFICIAL GET ME OUT OF HERE as an option. SARFENDMAN
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12:46pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Cor Blimey says...

This article has been printed on the wrong date.....its not April 1st, is it?

Wotta load of olde SH**E !

Honestly, Southend Council could win an award for Fairy Tale Stories
This article has been printed on the wrong date.....its not April 1st, is it? Wotta load of olde SH**E ! Honestly, Southend Council could win an award for Fairy Tale Stories Cor Blimey
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12:50pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Cor Blimey says...

This article has been published on the wrong date.......it's not April 1st, is it?

Southend Council must be up for an award by now for their fairy tale stories !
This article has been published on the wrong date.......it's not April 1st, is it? Southend Council must be up for an award by now for their fairy tale stories ! Cor Blimey
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3:35pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Old Boy says...

We keep reading and hearing these officials saying what we want is regeneration. Do we get it "NO". Lets do it. Money should not be a problem they must have the insurance money from all the fire. I love the comments from the above.
We keep reading and hearing these officials saying what we want is regeneration. Do we get it "NO". Lets do it. Money should not be a problem they must have the insurance money from all the fire. I love the comments from the above. Old Boy
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4:13pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Soozie says...

Southend needs a boutique hotel like we need a hole in the head!

Put something decent that the locals can use regularily. Like a pub!
Southend needs a boutique hotel like we need a hole in the head! Put something decent that the locals can use regularily. Like a pub! Soozie
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7:39pm Thu 27 Nov 08

Leigh Lady says...

what ever it gets turned into - please please don't let it be another restaurant! Its turning into a gastromare around here. Can we please have something that is fun for everyone, that's what the seaside's for isn't it?
what ever it gets turned into - please please don't let it be another restaurant! Its turning into a gastromare around here. Can we please have something that is fun for everyone, that's what the seaside's for isn't it? Leigh Lady
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