A seafront sell out

A PROMINENT seafront bar and restaurant could be shut down and turned into flats. The owner of the popular Nook & Harbour in Knightstone Road has decided there is more money in renting out flats than

A PROMINENT seafront bar and restaurant could be shut down and turned into flats.The owner of the popular Nook & Harbour in Knightstone Road has decided there is more money in renting out flats than trying to sell food and drink to tourists. Owner Chris Kimitri says his takings are down by 40 per cent because there are not enough attractions in the town to bring in holidaymakers.The situation has got so dire that he is now discussing plans with architects to turn his bar, restaurant and holiday apartments into 28 two-bedroomed flats.He says although day trippers flock to Weston at the weekend, few bother to stay past Sunday, and his businesses sit empty during the week.Mr Kimitri says North Somerset Council has not done nearly enough to attract tourists and says when visitors finish eating and drinking there is not much left for them to do in the town.But the authority says it is trying its utmost to market the town across the country. It has produced an eating and drinking guide for visitors to the town this summer, although it will not be published for about another five weeks.Mr Kimitri said: "Over the past two years Weston has really been suffering and the council has given us virtually no support."It should be promoting us but business owners are the only ones who do anything for the seafront."The weekends are not the issue, it is during the week that nobody comes here. Even some coach companies have started taking tourists to other resorts like Brean instead."The problem is that we are so weather orientated. If it is wet there is nothing for people to do unless they eat and drink all day."North Somerset Council's development manager for tourism and events, Karen Morledge, said: "We produce a range of different publications to market the town and this year we have produced an eating and drinking guide which is due to publish in five weeks time."We produce 70,000 copies of the annual visitor brochure which is marketed across the country. Our independent research has also shown visitors are increasing year on year. Last year we had nearly six million visitors who spent £268million in Weston."We are confident we are improving what we offer in Weston as a destination."There is a range of things to do rain or shine, such as North Somerset Museum, which is up for a national award, the Grand Pier, miniature railway and pitch and putt.


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