TIC restaurant plans in

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 May 2011

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WESTON'S Tourist Information Centre is set to be knocked down and replaced with a circular-shaped pizza restaurant, under plans submitted this week.

While the service is moving into the Winter Gardens, the Beach Road building will be demolished as part of a regeneration scheme for Pier Square.

In a planning application submitted to North Somerset Council, a business consortium is proposing to build a two-storey Italian restaurant at the seafront site.

Alistair Mead, of Puxton Park and Mead Group, and Giulio Ellis, who owns Giulio’s fish and chip shop in Ebdon Road, Worle, and women’s fashion store Ellis in Weston’s Waterloo Street, would create a new company called The Square Pizza Ltd to run the eatery.

The two-storey building would offer a restaurant on the upper floor and an ice cream parlour on the ground floor.

It would be run on a seven-day, year-round basis, offering a seasonally-based menu.

In a planning document sent to the council, architects Angus Meek said the restaurant would fit in with the recently-built surroundings.

A spokesman said: “The rotunda is in response to the public realm – it forms a focus to pier square and the overspill seating from the café will contribute to the life and vitality of Pier Square.

“The redevelopment of Pier Square has always envisaged the replacement of the Tourist Information Centre with a building of more architectural merit and one that will contribute more positively to the square.”

In response to concerns over crime, the spokesman said the building would not become a venue for late-night drinking, adding it would take last meal orders at 10pm.

Meanwhile, the Tourist Information Centre’s service would be moved into the nearby Winter Gardens.

The council’s decision to close the building aligns with its plans to rejuvenate Pier Square and save money.

This is despite the visitor centre being ranked 12th in the country out of 273 assessed for customer service by VisitBritain only two years ago.

North Somerset Council is expected to make a decision on the planning application by June 15.

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