Attraction bosses unveil a seafront first

An artist's impression of the entrance feature proposed for the Sandcastle (below) on Blackpool Promenade.

An artist's impression of the entrance feature proposed for the Sandcastle (below) on Blackpool Promenade.

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WATERFALLS could be the newest attraction on Blackpool Promenade.

Bosses at The Sandcastle hope to incorporate the features into a new entrance being proposed for the water park.

An artists impression of where the new entrance to the Waterfalls Cafe at the Sandcastle would be.

An artists impression of where the new entrance to the Waterfalls Cafe at the Sandcastle would be.

Plans have been lodged with the council seeking permission for the £50,000 scheme.

Sandcastle managing director John Child said: “We have already got a great cafe in the Sandcastle but we want to encourage more people to come in and we think this is a really exciting project.

“It is the latest investment at the park, and we are really leading the way.

“We have also recently introduced a cashless system which means our customers do not have to keep returning to their lockers when they want to buy anything while they are inside the water park.

“They are given a wristband which they load money on to and it can be used at all our catering and retail outlets.”

The new entrance would comprise of a pitched roof covered with artificial thatched roofing.

Waterfalls would be installed on either side which would flow into rock pools at the base and electric pumps would be used to circulate the water.

A report accompanying the planning application says: “While visitors to the Sandcastle Waterpark use its facilities every day of the week, it is felt a considerable number of tourists pass by either by car, bus or tram or generally walking along the Promenade.

“By virtue of its location, it is felt there is scope to open the cafe area facility to these promenaders or tourists and make the Waterfall Cafe area available to the public during its opening times.”

It adds: “The water feature within the porch will enhance the water park’s image, bringing the attractions of what is going on inside the building, to the outside, and creating the sound of water onto the frontage with the aim to attract people’s attention.”

The scheme will now go to Blackpool Council’s planning department for consideration.

If it goes ahead, it will be latest in a string of recent investments in the attraction.

In February this year, two new slides were unveiled to the public.

The new Aztec Falls and Montazooma rides cost £2.5m.

Meanwhile the park is due to close temporarily after this year’s Illuminations in order to enable a new boiler to be installed.

Councillors have agreed to borrow almost £607,000 for the work at the complex which is owned by the council but operated at arms length.

The existing boiler is 28 years old and coming to the end of its life. It is feared if it broke down, the waterpark would be forced to close resulting in “significant loss of revenue”, according to a report to councillors.

A report to the council’s executive earlier this year heard the current hot water system cannot keep up with demand following the arrival of the new water slides.

It means hot water can run out in the changing rooms by mid afternoon.

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