£200k to stop the rot on Pier!

£200k to stop the rot on Pier!

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

MORE than £200,000 will be spent on replacing the entire Southport Pier decking due to rot.

Southport Pier is a Grade II listed structure, which the council say is the oldest cast iron pier in England and the second longest.

The pier, which was opened in 1860, is described as a “critical element to Southport’s visitor economy along with the wider economy of the borough.”

In a report published by the council ahead of a full Council meeting on Thursday (May 19), it shows how the local authority plans to spend a total of £206,053 from a ‘sinking fund’ in order to replace the whole pier decking.

The report states: “The Pier decking needs to be replaced in its entirety due to its current condition. The decking is rotting from within meaning it is only detected when a timber piece snaps.

“The council employed a specialist timber expert who devised a programme of works and the specification of timber. The replacement decking will have to be done in several phases.

“The council sets aside an amount of funding each year towards a sinking fund that is intended for periodic repairs and replacement works such as those specified above.

“It will be necessary to add an additional £91,256 during 2022/23 to fund the decking project as the current balance on the fund is insufficient to cover the full cost.

“Future annual contributions to the sinking fund will be reduced to reflect the additional contribution in 2022/23 to ensure there is no additional cost to the Council. Council is therefore recommended to approve a supplementary capital estimate of £206,053.”

Sefton Council hasn’t yet commented on what will happen to the commemorative plaques paid for by the public in honour of loved ones which are attached to the decking.

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