Coastal landmark set to be refurbished

Plans are progressing for the restoration of the main pier in Seahouses this summer in a multi-million pound improvement project.
The £3m scheme, which is being led by Northumberland County Council , will see the whole pier “re-skinned” over the summer months, ensuring it remains in good condition for years to come. It is proposed that this coastal defence project will be entirely funded by the Environment Agency, with the final business case due to be considered imminently. 
Exposure to the elements and constant buffeting by the sea means the current pier is in poor condition - with only 10-15 years of usable life left in it.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Seahouses Pier is an iconic landmark and a vital piece of infrastructure for businesses and tourists.
“Unfortunately condition assessments of the pier have identified that the structure is deteriorating at an increasing rate which can’t be slowed with regular maintenance alone. 
“We’ve studied a number of options and a thorough overhaul of the pier is definitely the best way forward.”
Work is due to take place between April and September this year, when the weather improves.
For most users, the work will mean largely business as usual. While parking won’t be permitted on the pier during the work, the numerous fishing and tourism boats which are based at the harbour will still be able to operate.
The Council is holding a drop-in event at the Seahouses Community Centre on Monday 19th March from 3.30pm to 7pm where people can find out more about the project.
Cllr Sanderson added: “We’re well aware how popular Seahouses pier is and I want to reassure everyone we’ll be doing all we can to minimise disruption throughout this vital work.”
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