Demolish Southend Pier to drive more visitors into Adventure Island
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I have lived in Southend since the early 1980's, and for as long as I can remember Southend Pier has had a massive negative effect on the number of people visiting Peter Pan's Playground and Adventure Island - this is arguably the jewel in Southend's tourism crown.
Every day, thousands of people arrive on Southend Seafront and are instantly drawn towards the longest pier in the world, depriving Adventure Island and other associated businesses of millions of pounds in revenue. This is an absolute disgrace on a number of levels, and it is time that Southend Borough Council took action.
Therefore, I am calling upon local council chiefs to do the right thing and demolish Southend Pier entirely. This will also make it far easier to walk between the two sides of the park, and it would even facilitate extra retail facilities or a new ride.
Furthermore, I believe that action needs to be taken to eradicate other local businesses that are diverting revenue from Adventure Island. We have a vision of an uncluttered Golden Mile where the Seaway Car Park can be expanded to a 25,000-space parking facility of the future with all buildings between the pier and The Kursaal demolished.
Although a number of business owners would lose their livelihoods, this plan of action would ensure the long-term profitability of Adventure Island.
A viewing platform could also be erected for times when the park is closed so that people can stand and gaze into the dormant paradise, fantasising about when it will open again.
In addition to this, I would also like to see all planned events removed from the town's calendar for the next 250 years for the good of the town.
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