The firm that runs Southend's historic Kursaal building has been given the green light to carry out a £1.3million revamp of the landmark.

Last month, MFA Bowl, the firm that manages the attraction, in Southchurch Avenue, revealed they wanted to plough £1.3million into a complete revamp of the building, which has been struggling for some time.

Their plans include a laser games centre in the unit left vacant by McDonald’s since 2008, a soft play area, bar, arcades, and a coffee shop.

The firm has applied for listed building consent to carry out the works, and Southend Council’s development control committee has decided to give them approval this afternoon.