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3 February 2009
ANNOUNCES £50 MILLION DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR ITS HOLIDAY CENTRES THAT
WILL CREATE 2000 NEW JOBS
owner of Pontin’s Ltd. on Tuesday, 3 February 2009, announced plans
to invest £50 million in developing and refurbishing its holiday
• Initially the existing substantial entertainment, catering and bar
facilities will be refurbished
• Holiday Centres at Brean Sands and Prestatyn Sands will be
completely refurbished with the next generation of guest
• Holiday Centres at Camber Sands and Southport will be completely
re-designed and re-built.
• The Pakefield Holiday Centre near Lowestoft will double the size
and capacity of the centre
• Over 2000 new jobs will be created
• 2009 key Half Term, Easter and Summer Bookings significantly up
Ian Smith, Chief Executive of Ocean Parcs and Pontins commented:- “We are tremendously excited about the investment planned for the
development of our Pontin’s Holiday Centres and the employment and
tourism revenue that will be generated by this substantial
investment. It is particularly rewarding to be able to announce
these plans which will not only generate increased tourism but
create over 2000 new jobs whilst the country is in a recession. Our
total development costs will exceed £50 million.”
Initially all the entertainment, catering and bar facilities will be
refurbished and redesigned. This will co incide with the launch of a
re-styled entertainment programme coupled with a substantially
enhanced food and beverage offer aimed at satisfying all tastes and
The holiday Centres at Brean Sands and Prestatyn Sands will, subject
to planning approvals, see a complete renewal of the accommodation
facilities and re-furbishment of the retail, entertainment,
restaurant and bar facilities.
Following the initial programme of works the Holiday Centres at
Camber Sands and Southport (Ainsdale-on-sea) will, subject to
planning approval, be re-developed with our vision for the future of
integrated Holiday Centres. Ian Smith said that:- “As I was
born and raised in Southport the Ainsdale-on-Sea development is
particularly exciting to me. The potential is enormous. However; we
have much work to do, as the holiday centre borders an SSSI (Site of
special spcientific interest). Although the existing site is just 30
acres of tarmac and concrete the surrounding area is home to
important fiora and fauna which we will ensure is not adversely
affected in any way by our future development plans.”
Clarke Osborne, Property Director commented:- “We have been
working on our next generation of Holiday Centres for over 9 months
and I think that the results of this careful design strategy will be
very well received by both our extensive and loyal customer base and
new customers that are joining us each year. We have commenced
dialogue with some of our local councils, business leaders and
planners and received encouraging responses. This dialogue will be
extended to all our Holiday Centres as it our intention to submit
proposals for planning permission during the year."
"It is particularly pleasing to note that due to a significant
increase in bookings for this year, a number of our Holiday Centres
are already showing only limited availability for the key half term,
Easter and Summer holiday periods. I have no doubt this is due
to the outstanding value for money offer enhanced in all areas this
year including nationally and internationally renowned entertainment
acts.” Ian Smith added.
ANSWER TO SOCIAL WORKER CRISIS IN TORY HANDS
LIVERPOOL'S Albert Dock will
become a hive of activity this summer as kids and adults alike
swarm to a unique new attraction, the BugWorld Experience.
Set to open in June 2009, the BugWorld Experience is the first
of its kind in the UK. It will show visitors the world through a
bug’s eyes, testing their bravery, wit and skill with
interactive challenges and games along the way. Guided through
simulated environments from a rainforest to a savannah to the
everyday British home, visitors will see, find out about and
even interact with the bugs that inhabit each.
As well as getting the chance to handle bugs like the giant
hissing cockroach, those that like their day out with a sting in
the tail can head to the BugWorld Experience Base Camp, to
sample insect food delicacies from around the world, including
chilli locusts, meal worm pancakes and oven baked tarantula!
“There’ll be a real buzz around the place, and that’s not just
the Panamanian paper wasps! In all seriousness, this is a must
for all budding scientists, adventurers and travellers. Nowhere
else in Britain could they get up close and personal to insects
and bugs like this in a fun and educational way.” says
the BugWorld Experience general manager Jenny Dobson.
A number of endangered species will become residents of the
BugWorld Experience, where the bug experts are committed to
helping maintain and boost their populations through
conservation, education and carefully planned breeding
The BugWorld Experience will open to the public in early June
2009. Adult ticket prices will be under £10 with concessions for
children, seniors and groups. More information will be released
Visitors will love these bugs which are not to be missed:-
► Preying mantis
► Death stalker scorpion
► Red spotted assassin bug
► Giant centipede
► Mexican red knee tarantula
► The critically endangered Partula Snail, which is extinct in
Fast facts about bugs...
► A leaf cutter ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. This
is the equivalent of the world’s strongest man, Mariusz
Pudzianowski, lifting an elephant, or the average British man
lifting a car.
► ‘Mantis’, as in preying mantis, comes from an
ancient Greek word for ‘prophet’.
► When a millipede wants to attract a female, it ripples its
legs in a particular way. It’s the bug way to shake your
► Scorpions, like British holidaymakers, can’t survive in the
► The leech has 32 brains. Obviously sucking blood requires a
lot of thought.
·► Dung beetles can be handy housekeepers... They were imported
into Australia to clean up all the sheep and cattle dung.
► Adult dung beetles drink the juice they squeeze out of dung.
► Courting scorpions dance in circles, claw in claw.
► Fregate beetles give off a smelly defence chemical which
stains human skin purple.
► Some cockroaches can survive on the glue on the back of
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