Sunday, 5 March 2017

Work in progress

Work has started on demolishing part of the pier, so I went along to take a look and take some photographs. They reckon it will take about three weeks to demolish the damaged parts and it'll be interesting to watch the progress. I read in the news that there are plans to create a boardwalk and hopes to restore the pavilion. They are trying to salvage parts of the pier to be used in any potential restoration.

When I arrived there was a fitness club already congregating on the beach. It's a bit of a steep step down to the beach behind the metal figures you see in the foreground but Annie and I managed it although a lively, young spaniel was wanting to play with her and Annie can't be bothered with young pups anymore. Her owner noticed that her dog was frightening Annie so I only took a few photos down on the beach but I did give the over-friendly young pup a fuss before we left.


There's a stark contrast in the colour of the sky to the east which was overcast yet to the west facing the pier there was a nice blue sky (I took the photo of the metal figures a couple of weeks ago).


Anyway, this is what I came to see, all the diggers in place and a  pile of mangled metal waiting to be placed in the skips.


More importantly you can see some of the salvaged panels propped up against the fence and some of the supports laying on the ground.


There were several people  pulling up in their cars to look and take photographs and everyone is of the same opinion that it's a shame it had to come to this, such a tragic loss. I know a huge amount of money will be be spent demolishing the pier and what a pity it couldn't be found earlier! This pier was part of my husband's childhood.


4 comments:

  1. It's a shame the pier has to be demolished if it's now become a dnagerous eyesore but maybe if various people/councils/organisations had got their backsides into gear years ago it could have been saved with less expense than it's costing to sort it out now. I hope they manage to salvage some of it and restore the pavilion, at least part of the heritage will remain.

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    1. There is a Trust active in raising money and drawing up plans for it but I've no idea if they will succeed or not. There have been years of arguing about the future of the pier but as you say they should have invested in it instead to save it.

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  2. hopefully something good will come of it...

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    1. It all comes down to money of course. I was told they'd had a grant but it was withdrawn because of all the arguments. Hopefully something good will come out of it now.

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