Pleasureland Southport expansion proposed

Southport Pleasureland

A plan for the expansion of Southport Pleasureland has been put to local authorities in the Merseyside town.

Documents state that the current Pleasureland operator, headed by owner Normal Willis, has communicated “an ambition to provide significant investment in the development of the theme park offer.”

It added that expansion of the adjacent Marine Lake would form part of “the scope of a new and improved theme park”.

A Sefton Council spokesman said the plans form part of a Southport Development Strategy, whose aim was to improve Southport through new investment and the development of existing assets.

“The strategy identifies Marine Park, including Pleasureland, as a key development site,” a statement read.

“Having involved Norman Wallis throughout the process we are aware that he has the ambition to provide significant investment in the development of the theme park.”

‘Major theme park operator’

The spokesman added that the council was “legally bound” to go through the tender process, but indicated significant authority support for the proposals.

“Mr Wallis is aware of this process and understands the reasons. The strategy has identified the work Mr Wallis has done over the last few years and we see Pleasureland as a major theme park operator.

“We have an excellent working relationship with Norman and we hope this continues for the foreseeable future.”

The proposals can be viewed at sefton.gov.uk/southportstrategy, with a decision expected next year.

 

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