Councillor critical of new pier centre café

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 April 2016

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

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A restaurant in Clevedon Pier’s new visitor centre will have a negative impact on other businesses on the seafront, according to a town councillor.

The £2.25million centre, which is set to open next month, will include a viewing platform and education room but Cllr David Shopland believes the accompanying restaurant will prove to be a backwards step for the area.

The restaurant is being opened by Tiffin, which already owns a café in The Beach and is in the process of renovating the disused Campbell’s Landing building into another eatery.

Cllr Shopland said: “I just don’t see the necessity of it. He (the owner) wants to take out and close others on the seafront.

“I feel it is a retrospective step as we are going to have so many large scale cafés on the seafront.”

However Nick Wring, Tiffin owner, insists the development will be a ‘huge asset’ to the seafront.

He said: “Tiffin @ the Pier will be a huge asset to the exciting continued development of Clevedon’s heritage seafront and we are delighted to be part of the next remarkable chapter of this iconic and unique structure.

“Clevedon is experiencing millions of pounds of tasteful development anchoring its continued prosperity and diverse nature as a beautiful, vibrant place to live and visit in North Somerset.”

The construction of the visitor centre has been taking place since 2014.

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