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THIS week Ocean Parcs, the owner of
Pontin's, showed his proposals for the redevelopment of Pontin's
Southport Holiday Park, on Shore Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Last
year, Ocean Parcs had purchasing the Pontin's group and now wants
Southport to be its Flag Ship. This will mean a multi-million pound
investment for the further development of its Holiday Parks,
involving the Pontin's Southport Holiday Park. Locals and tourists
alike have flocked in to see the plans, for what will be a huge
investment in the area and is set to create 1,100 jobs.
"This is in the early stages and
we want the public to be informed every step of the way. We have had
an overwhelming positive response to the plans, that are also on
show on the Internet. We feel that we must think of the long term
development of this site, and we welcome the public's input. We plan
to have more public consultation to come, but we ask people to also
use our project
find out more and to air you views and ideas." representatives at Pontin's told us.
One big worry is that we will lose the
UK's biggest dance floor and in doing so will lose the
internationally respected event, the Southport Weekender. It
is also worried that other music events held their will also be lost
At this point plans are at the initial stages of
development, but it is expected that the transformation of the site
into Ocean Parcs Ainsdale-on-Sea will see:-
• provide an investment of over £100 million
• create over 1,100 jobs, providing 500 park jobs and 600 jobs
• contribute in the region of £100 million to the local economy
o offer redevelopment that will be sympathetic to the area and open
local residents to use, such as:-
• high-quality , modern holiday accommodation, including a hotel
• commercial and leisure facilities, such as retail, bars and
• iconic lido complex, providing a spa, swimming and sporting
It is also said that they could be keeping the Pontin's name as
well. If this goes ahead it will be a huge boost for the local area.
The development also includes protection plans for environmental
enhancements, from protective local wildlife habitats through to
better public transport services.
Mr Osborne told us that:- "After we have had our consultations, the
plans will evolve. There aren't any Skyscrapers planned. We want to
protect the natural environment our site is located in and also, if
we can, enhance the protection along the way. We hope to make a
detailed planning application during next year. We will also hope to
be submitting plans to Sefton MBC in 2010."
• Ocean Parcs is founded by Graham Parr, Ian Smith, Clarke Osborne and
• Ocean Parcs purchased Pontin’s in March 2008
• After undertaking a thorough review of the business and has now
refined its future strategy for Pontin’s as a hole, including the
plans to invest over £100million at Southport.
A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT LIVERPOOL ONE
AN Ice Palace, 3D movie
experience and Liverpool’s first ever big wheel… it can only mean
Christmas time at Liverpool ONE!
Liverpool’s premier shopping and leisure destination, Liverpool ONE,
will be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas as Santa
arrives at his magical Ice Palace and shoppers enjoy a bird's eye
view of the city from the Liverpool ONE Wheel.
Celebrations get underway on Wednesday 18th November from 4pm with a
festive extravaganza of Christmas characters to get the party
started. Musical entertainment is provided by local choirs and bands
At 5pm, Santa will arrive and open the doors to his Ice Palace on
Paradise Street and welcome in children from across the region to
tell him their Christmas wishes. And of course, no visit to Santa is
complete without a gift!
On Chavasse Park, Liverpool’s first ever wheel will welcome its
first guests from 6pm. At 60 metres high, the Liverpool ONE Wheel,
that will offer views of the city’s waterfront and iconic landmarks
which are guaranteed to be truly stunning.
As always, the shops at Liverpool ONE will be open until 8pm with
Debenhams staying open until midnight to celebrate their Mega Day
Go Penguin also plays a big part in the Christmas celebrations
throughout the city and Liverpool ONE is no exception with nine
penguins making it their home. Look out for the exclusive Cath
Kidston designed penguin and the Liverpool ONE competition-winner’s
penguin, which will arrive on 22 November 2009.
Throughout Christmas families will be able to take a break from
shopping and enjoy a magical 3D Christmas mini-movie! Called
Tinkerdoodle, the 3D experience lasts 15 minutes and takes viewers
on a magical journey with Santa as he tries to deliver presents on
Christmas Eve but his new elf Tinkerdoodle causes chaos. The film
will be shown every day adjacent to the Ice Palace (see signage for
With a gift wrapping service, Christmas choirs and entertainment
throughout the season as well as late night shopping every night of
the week (excluding Sunday) until 9pm (and 7pm on Saturdays) from
November 26, there really is something for all the family this
Christmas at Liverpool ONE.
3D movie Tinkerdoodle
Open from 19 November to 22 November 2009
Also from 24 November to 24 December 2009
Opening Times Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm,
Sunday 11am to 6pm
£3 each. Family ticket for £10 (2 adults, 2 children) £1.50 booking
fee if booked online.
Advance booking online at:-
Gift Wrapping Service
Open from 28 November 2009
Opening Times in line with retail hours
Location Next to Fred Perry, New Manesty’s Lane
Prices from £2.00
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