M&DS aim­ing at ex­pan­sion

Pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted to coun­cil

Hamilton Advertiser - - FAIRHILL - Robert Mitchell

A new ride and an all-weather dome are part of mul­ti­mil­lion ex­pan­sion plan for M&D’S.

They have ap­proached North La­nark­shire Coun­cil with a pro­posal to in­crease the land they lease at Strath­clyde Park.

And coun­cil­lors on the In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee were set to make a de­ci­sion yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 12).

A re­port stated: “The pro­pos­als in­clude space to ac­com­mo­date a pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion to the Alona Ho­tel, a new fea­ture ride and ad­di­tional land­scap­ing and an events area in­clud­ing an all-weather dome.

“The pro­pos­als es­ti­mate an ad­di­tional 90 full and part-time per­ma­nent jobs will be cre­ated. The de­vel­op­ments will im­prove the ap­peal to re­gional vis­i­tors and im­pact pos­i­tively on Strath­clyde Park as a vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion.”

M & D (Leisure) Lim­ited (M & D’s) have put the pro­pos­als be­fore the coun­cil with the aim of cre­at­ing “a first-class, year-round at­trac­tion in La­nark­shire which would at­tract vis­i­tors from all over the UK”.

Plans in­clude an ex­ten­sion to the Alona Ho­tel, with 37 more rooms and the ad­di­tion of a spa and beauty treat­ment area. And pro­pos­als for in­side the theme park in­clude a new fea­ture ride and ad­di­tional land­scap­ing.

The re­port adds: “Ex­ten­sions re­quested to the north and east of the park will al­low events ar­eas to be cre­ated in­clud­ing an all-weather dome.

“The planned event mar­ket in­cludes car ral­lies, steam fairs and High­land Games. M & D’s are also in­creas­ing their mar­ket­ing effort in North­ern Ire­land and the North of Eng­land and are al­ready see­ing a rise in vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield choos­ing to visit and stay.

“Dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing, with of­fi­cers to de­velop joint mar­ket­ing of the coun­try park fa­cil­i­ties with M&D’S to im­prove the of­fer for longer­du­ra­tion vis­its.”

It con­tin­ues: “M & D’s plan to in­vest in the re­gion of £3mil­lion in the ho­tel up­grades and over £1m in cre­at­ing events ar­eas and im­prov­ing rides and land­scap­ing in the theme park. The es­ti­mated re­sul­tant in­crease in turnover is £3.5 to £4m. This will re­sult in in­creased rental in­come to the coun­cil and a pos­i­tive im­pact on vis­i­tor num­bers to the park.

“M & D’s cur­rently em­ploy 310 per­ma­nent and 120 sea­sonal em­ploy­ees, with 95 per cent liv­ing in La­nark­shire.

“Their pro­pos­als aim to in­crease this by 30 per cent, cre­at­ing up to 90 new po­si­tions with a mix­ture of full and part time, spread be­tween the ho­tel and park.

“M & D’s al­ready run stu­dent place­ments within their busi­ness and are in dis­cus­sions with lo­cal col­leges to ex­pand this.”

The re­port says the ex­ist­ing site is 6.36 hectares and ad­di­tional ground will ex­tend to 11.97 hectares, re­sult­ing in a to­tal re­vised lease area of 18.33 hectares.

The rec­om­men­da­tion from coun­cil of­fi­cers to coun­cil­lors was that the In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee ap­proves the pro­posal to vary the cur­rent lease held by M & D Leisure Ltd at Strath­clyde Coun­try Park as out­lined.

Theme parknew plans have been drawn up for M&D’S

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