Apologies for the misleading headline, that was just a swipe at the sensationalist journalism of the Gazette. But as announced in Friday’s Gazette there is a very interesting plan for the former Palace nightclub.
I feel this is just the sort of establishment that Blackpool so desperately needs, it is just the sort of place I have been longing for in this area and it definitely somewhere I would use.
This all just seems too good to be true; no fancy artists impressions, no ridiculous 2015 opening dates, a well established company behind it with the capital as well as the vision and even local pub protector Dave Daly has thrown his support behind it, this really does sound good!!! Then again an establishment of this calibre is not exactly competition for The Castle is it?
An interesting point I feel I must make though, I have been longing for someone to fill this ugly building for ages and it is great to see someone has finally come in with a plan but we must remember the Noble Brothers (Coral Island owners) actually applied to redevelop the building with a multi-purporse entertainment complex so what did the then [Labour] council do, rejected it for the stupid casino. Like I say I like the sound of The Sands Venue much better than what the Nobles had planned but the lesson should be don’t turn away good opportunities when they are there.
But that aside, I feel this is a breakthrough in more than one way. Obviously this is great news as another hard to fill unit is being put to excellent use but I also hope it will finally encourage more high quality establishments; chains and independents in the town centre. A fine example of this is Highfield Rd near me, San Marcos restaurant used to occupy a small unit on Highfield Rd, then when Booths on Lytham Rd closed they moved into there on a bigger format with a very good reception from what I have heard, I still need to visit sometime soon, I have heard very good things. But this has sparked a chain reaction of other restaurants opening including a coffee house, a bistro and some ethnic restaurants like Plumbjabi (highly recommended). I sincerely hope The Sands will have this effect in the town centre, hopefully getting those other empty nightclubs; Linekers, Jellies and Klub DNA filled.