Bigger Sealife Centre in Southend will house crocs, seals and penguins

Bigger Sealife Centre in Southend will house crocs, seals and penguins

Bigger Sealife Centre in Southend will house crocs, seals and penguins

First published in Echo News by

PENGUINS, seals and crocodiles could soon be coming to Southend seafront, as Sealife Adventure plans to double in size.

The major family attraction, on Eastern Esplanade, wants to build an extension half the size of a football pitch over an informal staff car park and former crazy golf course to the east, to house the new creatures.

Owner the Stockvale Group, which also operates seafront attractions Adventure Island, Sands restaurant and the Three Shells kiosk, hope the exotic additions will boost last year’s 156,000 visitor numbers by a third.

Paul Thompson, chairman of Southend Seafront Traders’ Association, said: “It sounds fantastic.

“Continued investment from a private entrepreneur can only be good.

“It will increase the attraction for visitors to come to Southend.

“The Sealife Adventure is popular. If it brings in penguins and seals it will be fantastic.”

The extension, which would contain five pools, is part of a major revamp of the 21-year-old centre, which also includes masking its pitched roofs with a new rainbowcoloured covering.

There would be a penguin pool, seal pool, crocodile enclosure, large fish tank and another enclosure for creatures as yet unspecified.

Containers for meerkats and leafcutter ants and a research room for Essex University students are also included in the plans.

Southend Standard:

The Stockvale Group believes the extension could increase the number of jobs from 30 to 50, including some highly-skilled conservation jobs, and attract more visitors out of season.

Emma Cooney, Southend Council’s acting group manager for economy and tourism, said: “From an economic viewpoint, the proposed extension would present a range of opportunities for both the borough and its residents.

“Any positive initiatives aimed at generating additional visitors throughout the year and the associated benefits such activity provides has got to be good for the town.”

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6:13am Fri 21 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Looks like the council just pulled down one big eyesore in that area, only to be ready to replace it with another.
Still its more jobs so must not be negative.
Looks like the council just pulled down one big eyesore in that area, only to be ready to replace it with another. Still its more jobs so must not be negative. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -9

6:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

whateverhappened says...

If only stockvale could get their hands on the pier and SUFC this town could really make a go of itself.
If only stockvale could get their hands on the pier and SUFC this town could really make a go of itself. whateverhappened
  • Score: 13

7:49am Fri 21 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

lipstick on the gorilla
lipstick on the gorilla profondo asbo
  • Score: -4

8:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

aarontrophy says...

sounds good but will it actually look like that. sack the designer and get a competition on for someone to desgin it better hat that positive point jobs :)
sounds good but will it actually look like that. sack the designer and get a competition on for someone to desgin it better hat that positive point jobs :) aarontrophy
  • Score: 3

8:50am Fri 21 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

Just do it, more jobs, bigger better attraction NO cost to the Council, private investment and bringing back into use a disused piece of land.

Sadly the nimbys who would rather Southend sit still and stagnate will do their all to prevent change and attempt to sculpt Southend into a small quite hamlet by the sea deviod of investment, devoid of job creation and devoid of hope.
Just do it, more jobs, bigger better attraction NO cost to the Council, private investment and bringing back into use a disused piece of land. Sadly the nimbys who would rather Southend sit still and stagnate will do their all to prevent change and attempt to sculpt Southend into a small quite hamlet by the sea deviod of investment, devoid of job creation and devoid of hope. Joe Clark
  • Score: 16

6:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Leighdweller says...

whateverhappened wrote:
If only stockvale could get their hands on the pier and SUFC this town could really make a go of itself.
Agreed. Give Stockvale or Stobart first refusal on all of the developments round town and we would soon see things getting done.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: If only stockvale could get their hands on the pier and SUFC this town could really make a go of itself.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Give Stockvale or Stobart first refusal on all of the developments round town and we would soon see things getting done. Leighdweller
  • Score: 2

3:20am Sat 22 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Sounds great to me.

Definitely will visit.
Sounds great to me. Definitely will visit. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

10:46pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Hoolia says...

Great. An even bigger cage.
Great. An even bigger cage. Hoolia
  • Score: -1

8:37am Mon 24 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Hoolia wrote:
Great. An even bigger cage.
If they make the enclosures too large the penguins will have to pay bedroom tax.
[quote][p][bold]Hoolia[/bold] wrote: Great. An even bigger cage.[/p][/quote]If they make the enclosures too large the penguins will have to pay bedroom tax. Nebs
  • Score: 3

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