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IMAX scheme takes step forward

Four proposals receive residents' backing for major waterfront scheme

By Pete Hayman

Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) has approved recommendations to draw up a planning brief for the redevelopment of the town's IMAX site. The council's cabinet backed proposals to

take the scheme forward on 28 April, after it was revealed that four out of the seven options put forward for the waterfront site had received the "overall support" of local residents in a council survey. Tropical gardens; a water park; an

interactive arts, museum and entertainment scheme; and a performing arts space are among ideas backed in the council survey. More than 3,500 people took part in the

council research. Plans for a spa; boutiques and bistros; or a family play park did not receive much support as standalone plans.

The council aims to revitalise the IMAX site

BBC leader Stephen MacLoughlin said:

"The council bought the head-lease of the building, but we aren't able to subsidise any attractions in its replacement. It's likely, therefore, that any developer will need to include some more profitable facilities."

WBC Sea Change project bidders announced

Wyre Borough Council (WBC) has revealed the five firms that have been shortlisted for a £1.6m Sea Change project to develop a new coastal trail between Fleetwood and Cleveleys, Lancashire. More than 50 firms have been whittled

down to five – Sweden-based White Arkitekter; BCA Landscapes; LDA Design; McChesney Architects; and Grit and Pearl. WBC's plans include an architectural

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Fleetwood's Marine Gardens are included

structure at Rossall Point to act as a visitor destination, while the Marine Gardens in Fleetwood are also in line for an overhaul.

Work underway on £5m Bexhill seafront project

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the £5m Next Wave scheme in Bexhill, which is set to transform the town's seafront. Preparatory work is now underway

ahead of construction work, which is scheduled to commence by the end of

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the month and will initially focus on the West Parade promenade. Funded by Rother District Council and

the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the seafront development aims to improve facilities for residents and visitors.

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