Former Talk Nightclub in Southend-on-Sea set to become a bowling alley after plans approved

A former nightclub in Essex is set to be turned into a bowling alley after plans are approved by a council.

The three-storey building in Lucy Road, Southend-on-Sea, was once home to the Talk nightclub – also known as TOTS or Talk Of The South – before closing its doors for good on New Years Eve 2019.

Now a request by businessman John Remblance has been approved by Southend Council to change the building’s use from the nightclub to the bowling alley.

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The application was approved on Thursday March 3 and work will begin soon to complete the plans.

The change in use refers to the second floor of the nightclub building, with the arcade machines on Southend seafront remaining on the ground floor.

The sight of a new bowling alley on the horizon comes two years after the lane was closed in the Kursaal building further up the waterfront.

The opening hours of the new place are announced between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Bowling alley designs would see people enter the second floor, which contains a bar and seating area, and then descend into the actual bowling alleys with an additional bar.

Plans allow for up to eight bowling lanes on the site.

The plans were approved on the condition that work begin within the next three years and that opening hours remain between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m.

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