Four new seafront shelters for City Beach
Four colourful new sun shelters are to be built on Southend’s City Beach to give residents and visitors an attractive new area to relax and eat.
The shelters have been designed by the Council’s in-house architecture team, with construction expected to start next week.
Councillors set aside £45k for the new shelters as part of the 2018-2019 budget-setting process in order to provide extra recreational facilities to City beach and add a splash of colour to one of the most popular areas of Southend’s Golden Mile.
Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Growth, said: “I’m pleased to see this project moving forward and am delighted with the designs produced by the council’s architects.
“We hope to have the new shelters open and ready for use in June and expect them to be very popular with visiting families as well as local residents.
“The past two Bank Holiday weekends have shown us that Southend continues to maintain and grow its appeal as a visitor destination. Investments like this aim to build upon that appeal, improve the visitor experience and support the visitor economy.”
The introduction of the new shelters is the latest in a series of investments announced along Southend’s seafront.
Work is expected to start this autumn the extension of Southend’s pier entrance into a unit previously occupied by a penny arcade. The new entrance will include improved visitor facilities and introduce a food-sales area.
In September last year, the Council also announced that it had appointed architectural practice ADP to design a new pavilion on the former bowling deck of Southend Pier. Located at the shore end of the 1.34-mile Victorian pier, the new pavilion will provide a year-around, all weather facility with high quality retail and restaurant outlets and exhibition space, to create a compelling cultural offer for visitors and encourage them to stay longer in the town.
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