Bentley Bridge Leisure Park had a whopping big footfall for 2015, with a confirmed 2.5 million visitors coming to the leisure side of Bentley Bridge development, with August being the busiest month of the year attracting 291,000 visitors alone!
These are really large amounts of visitors all of whom add activity and engage in trade with the various outlets that include Cineworld Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC & Subway plus The Nickelodeon and the Bella Italia restaurant on the site. I am not going to try and estimate how much is spent in the Leisure Park during the course of the year, but it must run into multi millions of £’s! All of which is good for our Village as the outlets attract jobs and visitors and other business interests around and about have a chance to increase their trade.
Certainly the recent interest in Wednesfield and the Wyrley & Essington canal’s moorings at Bentley Bridge is also in part, due to the shopping and leisure facilities that are on the Bentley Bridge site. We have seen a recent explosion of interest in Narrow Boats visiting and over-nighting on the Village stretch of the Wyrley & Essington canal. The boaters tell me that is a safe place to moor, and they like the chance to provision and visit the food outlets, pubs, cinema, when they are docked overnight.
The Bentley Bridge Leisure Park is a great attraction for young people and families. We are lucky to have it, as it is clearly a very important piece of economic development.