Clacton Sunspot arcade gets a reprieve

26/04/2011

The Essex County Standard reports that bosses at Clacton Pier have withdrawn plans to turn the Sunspot Amusement Arcade in Jaywick into a storage yard for travelling showmen.

Bosses at Clacton Pier, who own the Sunspot Amusement Arcade, in Brooklands, want to flatten the building because it isn’t making enough money.  In its place, they plan to create a showman’s yard, to be used by travelling funfair attractions to store tools and spare parts when they visit the pier.

As part of a supporting statement sent with the original plans, they also claimed jobs on the pier could be lost if the plans didn’t get the green light. A spokesman for Raymond Stemp Associates, the agent for the Clacton Pier Company, said the plans had been withdrawn while more information was gathered.

She said: “It’s just to produce more material with further information that people have asked for. “It was easier to withdraw the application and re-submit the plans with the new details.”

However, the plans faced strong local opposition with a number of residents protesting against the scheme. The main objections to the plans were the yard would be an eye-sore, better suited to an industrial estate, and would not help with the regeneration of Jaywick.

Barbara Simpson, commenting on the plans online, said: “It will be an eyesore to the visitors who come here in the summertime and stay at the local camp site.

“We don’t have much in Jaywick, but please don’t let us become a dumping site for machinery.” Donald McNeil said: “The Sunspot is not only an amusement arcade.

“It is also an indoor market, which many residents use as they are not able to afford transport to other locations. The closure would affect their livelihoods. It is also a local meeting place to me and the Sunspot, formerly the Palladium, is a Jaywick landmark which I have known for 61 years.”

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