£3.3m revamp for Pier Approach

An artist’s views of the plans

An artist’s views of the plans

First published in News

THE Pier Approach in Bournemouth is set to undergo a £3.3m revamp.

The proposal, which is part of the council’s seafront strategy adopted in October last year, is being submitted for planning consent and, if approved, work will commence at the start of September.

The plans focus on water features and landscaping.

They will reconnect Bourne Stream in the lower gardens to the sea for the first time in more than 100 years.

They will also include a tourist information kiosk, which will replace the current seafront office, and low energy interactive lighting aimed at encouraging visitors to stay later into the evening. The fairground rides, with the exception of the Victorian style carousel, will be removed.

Cllr John Beesley, leader of the council, claimed the project was the first step in the hope of the town becoming a “premier resort in Europe”.

“Investing in the seafront is absolutely vital for the tourism industry,” he said.

“It will be a far more appealing place for people to walk through and be near to. At the moment it is quite austere.

“What we are trying to do is create something that is fit for purpose.”

He added that he hopes the project will encourage private investment and create more jobs for the town’s £462million tourist sector, which currently employs 11,000 people.

Andrew Francis, chairman of Bournemouth tourism management board, said the pier approach was the most visited area in the town.

He said that following the work on the Waterfront Imax site last year he was pleased about the further development.

“I am delighted to see the quality and detail that has been incorporated into the plans for this area,” he added.

The council anticipate the planning application will be considered in July. If approved, the work is scheduled to be complete by March 2015.

l The former IMAX site will once again host a programme of free events for a month this summer, the council has confirmed.

Onstage at Pier Approach will take place from Monday, July 28 to Monday, August 25 and will feature tribute bands, choirs and more.

There will also be performances by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra over the weekend of August 8 to 10.

This follows the success of last year’s free Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts.

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7:56am Mon 2 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

It is only the tax payer's money and will go out to tender of course!
It is only the tax payer's money and will go out to tender of course! Isosceles
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8:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

Gastines3 says...

Hopefully our Councillors are getting the message that us locals and the visitors don't want the tat that surrounds the town centre.Amazing that one of the most expensive pieces of land in the area is now used only one month of the year, hopefully not another block of flats getting the OK before election time?
Hopefully our Councillors are getting the message that us locals and the visitors don't want the tat that surrounds the town centre.Amazing that one of the most expensive pieces of land in the area is now used only one month of the year, hopefully not another block of flats getting the OK before election time? Gastines3
  • Score: 1

9:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

bbird says...

Sounds good. And can we please have comfortable independent cafes/restaurants with heated terraces serving excellent cappuccinos and food. (No rubbish burgers, sausages, frankfurters, donuts, whippy icecream etc).
Sounds good. And can we please have comfortable independent cafes/restaurants with heated terraces serving excellent cappuccinos and food. (No rubbish burgers, sausages, frankfurters, donuts, whippy icecream etc). bbird
  • Score: 28

10:25am Mon 2 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

bbird wrote:
Sounds good. And can we please have comfortable independent cafes/restaurants with heated terraces serving excellent cappuccinos and food. (No rubbish burgers, sausages, frankfurters, donuts, whippy icecream etc).
You sound a little snobby with that comment, there's room for both types of outlets at Pier Approach for those that want to sit in a restaurant and pay extortionate prices or purchase a quick snack and an ice cream for the kids.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Sounds good. And can we please have comfortable independent cafes/restaurants with heated terraces serving excellent cappuccinos and food. (No rubbish burgers, sausages, frankfurters, donuts, whippy icecream etc).[/p][/quote]You sound a little snobby with that comment, there's room for both types of outlets at Pier Approach for those that want to sit in a restaurant and pay extortionate prices or purchase a quick snack and an ice cream for the kids. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

10:27am Mon 2 Jun 14

madras says...

About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?
About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens? madras
  • Score: 12

10:29am Mon 2 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Doubtless it will just be a vehicle to further line the pockets of the council's number one friend S+D Leisure. Or are they the second friend after Morgan Sindall?
Doubtless it will just be a vehicle to further line the pockets of the council's number one friend S+D Leisure. Or are they the second friend after Morgan Sindall? speedy231278
  • Score: 5

10:58am Mon 2 Jun 14

beautifulcornwall says...

madras wrote:
About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?
I have to agree with you're comment.
I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors.
The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline.
The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on.
The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall.
Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm.
Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way.
As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you're comment. I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors. The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline. The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on. The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall. Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm. Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way. As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort. beautifulcornwall
  • Score: 1

11:07am Mon 2 Jun 14

Redgolfer says...

beautifulcornwall wrote:
madras wrote:
About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?
I have to agree with you're comment.
I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors.
The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline.
The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on.
The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall.
Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm.
Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way.
As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort.
You are having a laugh, remove the flyover and where do you think all the traffic will go to, have a concert at the BIC and see the amount of traffic at a standstill on the flyover.
Beasley for people to visit Bournemouth, they normally come by car so presumably they need somewhere to PARK, SO STOP FLOOGING OFF OUR CAR PARKS TO YOUR MATES otherwise nobody will visit and we do not want another Pavilion Gardens with the council leasing back another car park at £3,000,000 a year for 75 years as you had agreed to ???
[quote][p][bold]beautifulcornwall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you're comment. I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors. The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline. The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on. The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall. Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm. Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way. As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort.[/p][/quote]You are having a laugh, remove the flyover and where do you think all the traffic will go to, have a concert at the BIC and see the amount of traffic at a standstill on the flyover. Beasley for people to visit Bournemouth, they normally come by car so presumably they need somewhere to PARK, SO STOP FLOOGING OFF OUR CAR PARKS TO YOUR MATES otherwise nobody will visit and we do not want another Pavilion Gardens with the council leasing back another car park at £3,000,000 a year for 75 years as you had agreed to ??? Redgolfer
  • Score: 2

11:17am Mon 2 Jun 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Is this the same Pier Approach that the council is allowing cyclists to use?
Is this the same Pier Approach that the council is allowing cyclists to use? Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 0

11:19am Mon 2 Jun 14

beautifulcornwall says...

Redgolfer wrote:
beautifulcornwall wrote:
madras wrote:
About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?
I have to agree with you're comment.
I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors.
The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline.
The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on.
The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall.
Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm.
Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way.
As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort.
You are having a laugh, remove the flyover and where do you think all the traffic will go to, have a concert at the BIC and see the amount of traffic at a standstill on the flyover.
Beasley for people to visit Bournemouth, they normally come by car so presumably they need somewhere to PARK, SO STOP FLOOGING OFF OUR CAR PARKS TO YOUR MATES otherwise nobody will visit and we do not want another Pavilion Gardens with the council leasing back another car park at £3,000,000 a year for 75 years as you had agreed to ???
Removing the flyover will put the traffic back on the road that used to be there before it was built, the flyover has not impact on makeing traffic flow any quicker.
When the Bic was built, in my view the wrong place, it was obvious that traffic build up would increase but nothing was done because of the short sightedness of the local council, BIC traffic all heads to one place because there has been the constant removal of car parks in and around Bournemouth, you cant expect to attract millions of people when there are only limited parking spaces.
Cornwall attracts millions of visitors every year and parking is plentiful.
The flyover is one of many blots on the Bournemouth landscape.
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beautifulcornwall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you're comment. I left Bournemouth a few years ago after seeing the town declining, the flyover at pier approach was only the start, the heart was ripped out of Bournemouth with constant meddling by successive Councillors. The constant was against motorists with less affordable and convenient parking added to the decline. The lack of family orientated venues only deepened its demise, Bournemouth cannot keep on relying on the miles of sandy beach which is constantly rammed down peoples throats, beaches are not everyone's idea of a holiday especially when the weather cannot be relied on. The surf reef and the Imax only added to my discontent and I decided to move to Cornwall. Down here there is ample affordable and convenient parking close to all beaches, there are hundreds of places which are family orientated but best of all councils have not interfered in those places which have a very successful visitor base and of course 99.9% of places are safe to walk late into the evening unlike Bournemouth with their drink filled establishments taking over after 9pm. Spending £3 million on the pier approach will not escalate the visitor base in any way. As the above commenter said, start with removing the flyover, in fact take Bournemouth back to what it was 40 years ago before the dam thing was built and stop councils and perhaps families will once again bring much needed money back to what used to be a top seaside resort.[/p][/quote]You are having a laugh, remove the flyover and where do you think all the traffic will go to, have a concert at the BIC and see the amount of traffic at a standstill on the flyover. Beasley for people to visit Bournemouth, they normally come by car so presumably they need somewhere to PARK, SO STOP FLOOGING OFF OUR CAR PARKS TO YOUR MATES otherwise nobody will visit and we do not want another Pavilion Gardens with the council leasing back another car park at £3,000,000 a year for 75 years as you had agreed to ???[/p][/quote]Removing the flyover will put the traffic back on the road that used to be there before it was built, the flyover has not impact on makeing traffic flow any quicker. When the Bic was built, in my view the wrong place, it was obvious that traffic build up would increase but nothing was done because of the short sightedness of the local council, BIC traffic all heads to one place because there has been the constant removal of car parks in and around Bournemouth, you cant expect to attract millions of people when there are only limited parking spaces. Cornwall attracts millions of visitors every year and parking is plentiful. The flyover is one of many blots on the Bournemouth landscape. beautifulcornwall
  • Score: 2

12:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

Whilst no one can deny that the pier approach needs to be improved when it comes to planning and managing open spaces the Councils record is pretty poor. £3.3m is a lot of money and taxpayers should expect more than yet another of the Councils failed attempts at regenerating our open spaces. Look at the Square, this area now lacks character and purpose and merely splits the town centre in half. The Council spent a fortune creating a multi-functional open space at the Triangle which again is rarely utilised other than to provide an outdoor seating area for Flirt. The Imax site sitting unused for 11 months of the years and only used then because of the taxpayer funded “free concerts” arranged by the Council.
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The first step to making the town "a premier resort in Europe". More Pretentious and delusional claims from Beesley who lacks the intelligence to realise that the market Bournemouth’s tourism industry serves is a world away from that of Europes “premier resorts”.
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Beesley appears to think that “Building a Better Bournemouth” is all about spending huge sums of money and encouraging property developers to build on every available square metre of land. If Bournemouth is to ever come anywhere close to being a “premier resort” or a better place to live then much more needs to be done to encourage the concept of community. Its people who make a place not buildings or fancy pier approaches.
Whilst no one can deny that the pier approach needs to be improved when it comes to planning and managing open spaces the Councils record is pretty poor. £3.3m is a lot of money and taxpayers should expect more than yet another of the Councils failed attempts at regenerating our open spaces. Look at the Square, this area now lacks character and purpose and merely splits the town centre in half. The Council spent a fortune creating a multi-functional open space at the Triangle which again is rarely utilised other than to provide an outdoor seating area for Flirt. The Imax site sitting unused for 11 months of the years and only used then because of the taxpayer funded “free concerts” arranged by the Council. . The first step to making the town "a premier resort in Europe". More Pretentious and delusional claims from Beesley who lacks the intelligence to realise that the market Bournemouth’s tourism industry serves is a world away from that of Europes “premier resorts”. . Beesley appears to think that “Building a Better Bournemouth” is all about spending huge sums of money and encouraging property developers to build on every available square metre of land. If Bournemouth is to ever come anywhere close to being a “premier resort” or a better place to live then much more needs to be done to encourage the concept of community. Its people who make a place not buildings or fancy pier approaches. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Azphreal says...

They want people to use it in the evening? So everything apart from happyland and the restaurants will no longer close early then? They will do something about the drinking to excess that happens there? Wonder how long it will be till some new development will go up there.
They want people to use it in the evening? So everything apart from happyland and the restaurants will no longer close early then? They will do something about the drinking to excess that happens there? Wonder how long it will be till some new development will go up there. Azphreal
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Mon 2 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

I so want to be positive but I regret a lot of us simply do not trust the present administration to deliver anything decent for our town at all - and certainly nothing that is not principally intended to line the pockets of their best 'mates' in business.

If we add the £3.3million for this scheme to the £10million(plus) already spent here creating the 'Waterfront' building site it amounts to an awful lot of taxpayer's money being thrown at a very tiny piece of the town! Let's hope the new street lights, the new kiosk, the new paving stones and the 'reconnected' Bourne stream (that was of course never disconnected), are worth it.

(Note the artist's impression typically suggests that nobody over thirty will be welcome or catered for!)
I so want to be positive but I regret a lot of us simply do not trust the present administration to deliver anything decent for our town at all - and certainly nothing that is not principally intended to line the pockets of their best 'mates' in business. If we add the £3.3million for this scheme to the £10million(plus) already spent here creating the 'Waterfront' building site it amounts to an awful lot of taxpayer's money being thrown at a very tiny piece of the town! Let's hope the new street lights, the new kiosk, the new paving stones and the 'reconnected' Bourne stream (that was of course never disconnected), are worth it. (Note the artist's impression typically suggests that nobody over thirty will be welcome or catered for!) muscliffman
  • Score: 1

1:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

madras wrote:
About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?
This has to be a wind up pulling the pee out of some poor unfotunate with limited mental capacity.

Remove the flover and traffic would back up along the Wesssex Way, as it would be impossible for traffic to move with the constant flow of pedestrians coming to a from the gardens.

As to the plans perhaps the Daily Echo would care to show us the artist impression of how the 'approach' to Boscombe pier was to look, NOT the mess it is now. What happened ? Was it juse another part of the ruse to built flats on the car park ?

Thakfully there isn't a nearby carpark that has already been cleared, ready for a 'comprehensive redevelopment' (council words) ........ is there ?

hmmm
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: About time too - and while you're at it, would you mind removing the flyover and opening up the vista to / from the gardens?[/p][/quote]This has to be a wind up pulling the pee out of some poor unfotunate with limited mental capacity. Remove the flover and traffic would back up along the Wesssex Way, as it would be impossible for traffic to move with the constant flow of pedestrians coming to a from the gardens. As to the plans perhaps the Daily Echo would care to show us the artist impression of how the 'approach' to Boscombe pier was to look, NOT the mess it is now. What happened ? Was it juse another part of the ruse to built flats on the car park ? Thakfully there isn't a nearby carpark that has already been cleared, ready for a 'comprehensive redevelopment' (council words) ........ is there ? hmmm Bob49
  • Score: -1

5:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

M0Z says...

I’ve got a copy of the equivalent artist impression of the Boscombe Pier Approach revamp. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately it didtn’t happen - just a minor refurb and a coat of paint. And a Surf Reef. Still cost us a fortune though - hmmm.
I’ve got a copy of the equivalent artist impression of the Boscombe Pier Approach revamp. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately it didtn’t happen - just a minor refurb and a coat of paint. And a Surf Reef. Still cost us a fortune though - hmmm. M0Z
  • Score: -1

7:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mikey. h says...

stop wasting the money on things that in the long run are of no importance,in bournemouth we have so many homeless people,this is where the need is.
stop wasting the money on things that in the long run are of no importance,in bournemouth we have so many homeless people,this is where the need is. mikey. h
  • Score: -7

9:16pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bob49 says...

M0Z wrote:
I’ve got a copy of the equivalent artist impression of the Boscombe Pier Approach revamp. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately it didtn’t happen - just a minor refurb and a coat of paint. And a Surf Reef. Still cost us a fortune though - hmmm.
I have a copy, taken from a hoarding before the work started. The idea of a paved Italian style piazza, with smart looking shops and cafe on the pier.

The Cornish village effect of the Money combe development - which was not supposed to go above the skyline.

All bunkum to allow the planning committee to pass the development, And once done all conveniently forgotten.

Much as the absurd nonsense that is now being put of the pier. Temporary crud that can be cleared away as soon as the real development of the Iimax site begins.

And guess what, the numpties will fall for it all again, just as they have done before.
[quote][p][bold]M0Z[/bold] wrote: I’ve got a copy of the equivalent artist impression of the Boscombe Pier Approach revamp. It looks fantastic. Unfortunately it didtn’t happen - just a minor refurb and a coat of paint. And a Surf Reef. Still cost us a fortune though - hmmm.[/p][/quote]I have a copy, taken from a hoarding before the work started. The idea of a paved Italian style piazza, with smart looking shops and cafe on the pier. The Cornish village effect of the Money combe development - which was not supposed to go above the skyline. All bunkum to allow the planning committee to pass the development, And once done all conveniently forgotten. Much as the absurd nonsense that is now being put of the pier. Temporary crud that can be cleared away as soon as the real development of the Iimax site begins. And guess what, the numpties will fall for it all again, just as they have done before. Bob49
  • Score: -2

11:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
I so want to be positive but I regret a lot of us simply do not trust the present administration to deliver anything decent for our town at all - and certainly nothing that is not principally intended to line the pockets of their best 'mates' in business.

If we add the £3.3million for this scheme to the £10million(plus) already spent here creating the 'Waterfront' building site it amounts to an awful lot of taxpayer's money being thrown at a very tiny piece of the town! Let's hope the new street lights, the new kiosk, the new paving stones and the 'reconnected' Bourne stream (that was of course never disconnected), are worth it.

(Note the artist's impression typically suggests that nobody over thirty will be welcome or catered for!)
You're doing it again Muzzy! Please name these 'mates' in business whose financial interests you think are the primary reason behind the decisions made..?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: I so want to be positive but I regret a lot of us simply do not trust the present administration to deliver anything decent for our town at all - and certainly nothing that is not principally intended to line the pockets of their best 'mates' in business. If we add the £3.3million for this scheme to the £10million(plus) already spent here creating the 'Waterfront' building site it amounts to an awful lot of taxpayer's money being thrown at a very tiny piece of the town! Let's hope the new street lights, the new kiosk, the new paving stones and the 'reconnected' Bourne stream (that was of course never disconnected), are worth it. (Note the artist's impression typically suggests that nobody over thirty will be welcome or catered for!)[/p][/quote]You're doing it again Muzzy! Please name these 'mates' in business whose financial interests you think are the primary reason behind the decisions made..? Baysider
  • Score: -4

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