Bournemouth’s Happyland to be Replaced by Hotel


Happyland Amusements arcade owned by Bournemouth council could be replaced with a new hotel.

The site, , is just yards from the borough’s planned £70 million BIC hotel scheme, which has drawn controversy with claims the council is taking risks with taxpayers’ money.

At the recent Bournemouth Development Plans Conference, attended by developers and major local property owners, Bill Cotton, council executive director of economy and environment, said the borough was looking to market Happyland for redevelopment as a hotel.

However Councillor Philip Broadhead, cabinet member for economic growth, said the council would be seeking interest from the open market rather than investing in redevelopment itself as on the BIC hotel site.

“We have a 999 year lease on it and the Meyrick Estate own the freehold, so everything has to be done by agreement with Meyrick,” he said. “We are trying to put together terms on how we can improve the seafront in general. Nothing is formalised yet, but we are trying to progress something on that site, not for us to do but for the open market to do.”



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