We need a new town centre hotel for Southend

Southend Standard: We need a new town centre hotel for Southend We need a new town centre hotel for Southend

A SENIOR councillor believes the success of Southend Airport will help turn the town into a popular European mini-break destination.

Derek Jarvis, Southend councillor responsible for tourism, is urging plans for a new town centre hotel to be pushed ahead, so the town can capitalise on its appeal to visitors.

He made the call as a potential site for such a hotel – the former Prudential tower block, in Elmer Approach, went up for sale.

The building, which also houses shops and the Mansion nightclub, is being offered for £7.2million and Mr Jarvis thinks it would be the idea location for a new hotel.

He said: “It is well placed for people at the university and events at the new Forum library and is near the railway stations. With more incoming flights from places such as Amsterdam and Barcelona, there are plenty of people who could be tempted by a day or two in the town.

“There are also those flying out who sometimes book a hotel near the airport because they have early flights.

Some like to break the journey and, perhaps, take in a show.

“We are promoting Southend as a destination near London for an overnight stay.”

He said figures from the Visit Essex organisation suggested tourist spending had grown more in Southend than anywhere in the county.

He added: “Over the past decade, the image of Southend as a place only for day trips has changed tremendously.

This is thanks to the many festivals and the fact we have two good theatres.”

Owner Squarestone paid £12million for the 55,000 sq ft Prudential office building at the height of the property boom in June 2007.

It successfully applied for planning permission to turn the building into a 119-room hotel. Company director Robert Sloss has since ruled out going ahead with the hotel proposals instead putting the building on the market.

Agent Dedman Gray’s sales brochure says: “There are only two branded town centre hotels operating in Southend, both of which report excellent occupancy rates. Ideal future hotel opportunity as demand increases with Southend Airport.”

John Lamb, borough councillor responsible for regeneration said he backed the idea of a new hotel in the town centre.

He explained: “It would be useful if we could get a decent hotel in the town centre. We have Premier Inn on the seafront, so would be looking at something like a three or even four-star hotel on this site.”

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5:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

supermadmax says...

'will help turn the town into a popular European mini-break destination"

Lol, I bet Paris, Vienna and Barcelona are quaking.
'will help turn the town into a popular European mini-break destination" Lol, I bet Paris, Vienna and Barcelona are quaking. supermadmax

5:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

No we dont need it. House your residents first.
No we dont need it. House your residents first. jolllyboy

5:26pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Southchurch75 says...

I really do think these councillors live in cloud cuckoo land. Realistically, what does Southend have to offer residents or tourists from beautiful cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam Venice etc? A thoroughly run down high street whose crowning glory must be 2 Mc Donald's for fine dining, empty shop fronts, an abundance of poundland type retail outlets for high fashion, a virtual no go area after dark...the vicinity of the pier with its dubious pubs and amusement arcades...hardly Promenade des Anglais!!
I really do think these councillors live in cloud cuckoo land. Realistically, what does Southend have to offer residents or tourists from beautiful cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam Venice etc? A thoroughly run down high street whose crowning glory must be 2 Mc Donald's for fine dining, empty shop fronts, an abundance of poundland type retail outlets for high fashion, a virtual no go area after dark...the vicinity of the pier with its dubious pubs and amusement arcades...hardly Promenade des Anglais!! Southchurch75

6:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

That current Travelodge nearby fits right in with the rest of the dump of the area, interesting tripadvisor reports too....besides there are other Hotels nearby with a view...and the large new one thats mean't to be erected on the seafront, can't see someone wanting to plow good money into it...no market for it.
That current Travelodge nearby fits right in with the rest of the dump of the area, interesting tripadvisor reports too....besides there are other Hotels nearby with a view...and the large new one thats mean't to be erected on the seafront, can't see someone wanting to plow good money into it...no market for it. DogsMessInLeigh

8:52pm Fri 3 Jan 14

black jack ketchum says...

We only go to Southend every couple of year, just to remind ourselves why we don't go there more often!
We only go to Southend every couple of year, just to remind ourselves why we don't go there more often! black jack ketchum

7:49am Sat 4 Jan 14

fatmed says...

So instead of moaning at someone's idea why not come up with your own, People are so negative on here about anything new, but rarely come up with any suggestions of they're own. Personally I would like to see a big fun pool somewhere in town with slides, inflatables etc, would be a really good family based addition to the town. If only I had a few million to buy some land and build it.
So instead of moaning at someone's idea why not come up with your own, People are so negative on here about anything new, but rarely come up with any suggestions of they're own. Personally I would like to see a big fun pool somewhere in town with slides, inflatables etc, would be a really good family based addition to the town. If only I had a few million to buy some land and build it. fatmed

9:41am Sat 4 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

if it's private money building a 3 or 4 star hotel then it's their risk..... let them get on with it and see what happens....... I would say it's a big risk which is maybe why robert sloss had second thoughts ?
if it's private money building a 3 or 4 star hotel then it's their risk..... let them get on with it and see what happens....... I would say it's a big risk which is maybe why robert sloss had second thoughts ? pembury53

4:41pm Tue 7 Jan 14

live in westcliff says...

Southend does have fantastic potential but the High Street needs to be sorted out. It is terrible, we need to get some decent retailers in the High Street, John Lewis, nicer clothes shops etc. Also, more eateries should be in the High Street and more of a mix of shops to liven the High Street at night, ie restaurants, food stores, bars, newsagents etc. Oh and put the road back into it so it doesn't seem so intimidating at night and add a few trees please....then, please get rid of the night time pop up urinals.....classy.

Agree with the above comment re water park,.....that would be fantastic!!!
Southend does have fantastic potential but the High Street needs to be sorted out. It is terrible, we need to get some decent retailers in the High Street, John Lewis, nicer clothes shops etc. Also, more eateries should be in the High Street and more of a mix of shops to liven the High Street at night, ie restaurants, food stores, bars, newsagents etc. Oh and put the road back into it so it doesn't seem so intimidating at night and add a few trees please....then, please get rid of the night time pop up urinals.....classy. Agree with the above comment re water park,.....that would be fantastic!!! live in westcliff

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