THE new owner of The Island has paid a visit to the St Annes leisure complex where a clean up operation is now underway.
West Midlands-based Paul Jervis acquired the site at the end of last month.
He said: “We have had a very good positive couple of days.
“We’ve had electricians, plumbers and heating engineers in and it’s all starting to come to life.
“The clean up has started.”
Mr Jervis said concrete blocks had been removed, sand cleared and boards on windows taken down.
“It’s all moving forward,” said the businessman, who was in talks with Fylde Council chiefs last week.
“It was just a little get together to talk about how they can help us in getting the site cleaned and ready in preparation for the summer holidays,” he explained
As regards tenants for the restaurant and amusement arcade, he said: “We are getting on with tendering.
“We are starting the process. We have got agents putting out tender details.”
Mr Jervis, who operates out of Sutton Coldfield is the site’s new leaseholder.
He already owns three cinemas across the country.
The café, gift shop and fairground at The Island are already open.
He is also seeking talks with Stanley Leisure about the future of the casino.
The lease was assigned in April from Carr Royd Leisure Ltd (in administration) to PDJ Management (Lytham) Ltd.
The new tenant is a subsidiary of C and R Cinemas Ltd.
Mr Jervis, PDJ owner, said: “I plan on reopening the cinema in July and will introduce the latest digital technology and a fifth screen.”
The Island closed in 2009 after its owners decided to pull the plug on its three-screen cinema, bowling alley, amusement arcade and restaurant.
Ambitious £30m plans to transform St Annes seafront were also scrapped.
Bosses at The Island blamed the recession for the demise of the 300,000sq ft site.
A council spokesman said: “We are delighted that the future of the Island is resolved at last and we are pleased it has gone to such an experienced leisure operator as Mr Jervis.
“He has exciting plans for the complex and we are confident he will be a success.”