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Southend Pier Investment For Repairs

Southend-on-Sea has many different attractions to see and do, one of these being the extremely well known Southend Pier. This Pier has been an attraction of Southend since 1830. Unfortunately throughout the years it has suffered some damage through wear and tear, storms etc. There have been a large amount of repairs to the pier and the Council is set to continue its major investment in Southend Pier, with a further £11.5m proposed to be spent on maintenance, repairs and major improvements over the next four years. This is in addition to £4.2m already committed to structural works up to April 2020, and £1.2m being spend this year and next on essential structural reinforcement on the Prince George extension. This would take the investment in the Pier from April 2016 to March 2021 to over £17m.

The proposed new projects are part of the 2017/18 draft capital budget and includes £8m to reconstruct the timber outer pier head following storm damage in 2015, a further £1.5m for reinforcement works to the Prince George extensions, £300,000 for pier entrance improvements and £1m to undertake a planned programme and constant management and monitoring of the maintenance required. Along with this vital work that would secure the long-term future of the Pier structure, the Council is also looking to continue its commitment to improve and invest into options for developing the Pavilion deck, improve the entrance, and continue its review into further transport options to replace the ageing Pier train. Ann Holland, Executive Cllr for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says, “The Pier is an iconic world famous landmark and the jewel in our crown. “Many people will not realise the millions of pounds that are required each and every year just to keep the pier open and maintained. This is by far and away the most challenging and demanding structure that we have responsibility for, and vast amounts of unseen work are required on a daily basis to keep it running and keep it an attractive place to visit and spend time.” “This proposed investment does a number of things. It ensures the future of this historical and listed structure, ensures that it remains open and a popular destination, and also looks to the future, with work to be done looking at what can be don on the pavilion deck and transport options for the future”. 

In addition to the multi-million pound Pier investment, it is also proposed that £50,000 is allocated to provide more commercial beach huts, a small fleet of rickshaw type bikes for visitor use and a new shelter on City Beach. We at Airport Business Park Southend have always enjoyed the pier and we think it is an excellent tourist attraction. The major investment that the council has proposed is a brilliant idea and will greatly increase tourism in the area, along with restoring a historic part of Southend back to its full potential.world famous landmark and the jewel in our crown. “Many people will not realise the millions of pounds that are required each and every year just to keep the pier open and maintained. This is by far and away the most challenging and demanding structure that we have responsibility for, and vast amounts of unseen work are required on a daily basis to keep it running and keep it an attractive place to visit and spend time.” “This proposed investment does a number of things. It ensures the future of this historical and listed structure, ensures that it remains open and a popular destination, and also looks to the future, with work to be done looking at what can be don on the pavilion deck and transport options for the future”. 

In addition to the multi-million pound Pier investment, it is also proposed that £50,000 is allocated to provide more commercial beach huts, a small fleet of rickshaw type bikes for visitor use and a new shelter on City Beach. We at Airport Business Park Southend have always enjoyed the pier and we think it is an excellent tourist attraction. The major investment that the council has proposed is a brilliant idea and will greatly increase tourism in the area, along with restoring a historic part of Southend back to its full potential.