Cafe being removed to make way for improvements

by Nigel Brown Dec 10 2018 0     2,480
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December 10, 2018


Work is continuing at pace to carry out improvements at Clacton Pier in time for the beginning of the new main season.

The Ocean Diner is being completely gutted as part of plans to create a better access through to the bumper boats and go-karts.

Eventually most of the units in the middle of the eastern side of the attraction will be removed to open the area up for customers.

The Ocean Diner has been operating for ten years and was brought back into use when the Ball family bought the Pier in 2009. It had been closed for four years.

There has been a café in that area since the 1930s and it was originally known as the Poolside Diner as it was next to an outdoor swimming pool.

The timber decked area in the central concourse has now also been removed as part of a £400,000 scheme to provide a large undercover multi-purpose area at the front of the attraction.

Concrete is being laid and large steel girders have arrived on site ready to be installed as part of the sub-structure.

Pier director Billy Ball said it is going to be another busy winter to make considerable improvements to the offer.

“We set a very high standard with the new £4 million development of Skull Point adventure golf and Discovery Bay soft play which were completed in the summer,” he said.

“They are proving very popular and we now want to bring other areas up to a similar standard. The Ocean Diner was outdated and we now have the Galley Restaurant and Captain’s Table Coffee Shop in Discovery Bay to replace it.”

The Pier will remain open while this winter’s work is carried out and will only close on Christmas Day.

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