A FORMER council chief credited with rescuing Southend’s iconic Kursaal, has referred to as for a brand new marketing campaign to safeguard its long term.
The Kursaal, a outstanding function of the Southend seafront skyline since 1901, fell into decline within the 1970s and closed its doorways in 1986.
Chequered previous – the Kursaal
When Lib Dem Graham Longley was council chief within the 1990s, he persuaded the council to shop for the freehold of the development, which used to be then severely dilapidated.
After appointing a developer, he opened the newly-refurbished Kursaal to nice fanfare in 1998 with the hope it might grow to be a bustling circle of relatives enchantment.
Unfortunately, its long term is now as soon as once more below risk after the bowling alley all at once closed on Might 3.
The leisure park, which boasts the alley, a laser tag enviornment, an arcade space and a cushy play zone, is recently owned by means of Disco Bowl, with the freehold held by means of Southend Council. The corporate closed the venue all at once.
Mr Longley, 70, stated: “I will have to suppose everybody within the the city will have to be very disillusioned and eager about the way forward for the Kursaal.
“We will have to do the whole thing we will to ensure it’s stored. This is a main function of town at the side of the pier.
“Taking a look at purchasing the rent may well be an opportunity.
“Shall we do one thing the place other people can use the amenities there, however with a new-style leisure that’s required in this day and age.”
Mr Longley added: “I’d hope the council can be taking a look at what’s took place very in moderation and doing their bit to put it aside.
“The Kursaal is an icon for town and I’m certain the neighborhood would need to do all it will probably to put it aside.”
The Kursaal at first featured a circus, a ballroom, an amusement arcade, a eating corridor and a billiard room.
The sector’s first feminine lion tamer and the arena’s first feminine wall of dying rider each carried out there.
Within the 1930s, there used to be a zoo in a part of the advanced whilst most sensible dance bands of the day carried out in any other segment.
Tony Cox, chief of Southend Council, stated the council used to be making an allowance for what to do subsequent.
He added: “It’s an icon for town and because the freeholder we can do what we will to stay it open.
“We’re gazing the location intently. We want to see it again in use and we’re exploring all choices.”