Image demonstrating Pier refurbishment moving to 2019

Pier refurbishment moving to 2019

The restoration of the main pier in Seahouses will now be taking place next year.

The £3m scheme, which is being led by the County Council and funded by the Environment Agency , will see the whole pier “re-skinned”, ensuring it remains in good condition for years to come.

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.

While work was due to be carried out this summer, it is now being rescheduled to take place in 2019.

The Council had undertaken a detailed ecological study as part of the licence application due to the pier’s location within a marine conservation area and the additional environmental protection measures this entails.

However, as a result of a legal ruling relating to a scheme elsewhere in the UK the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has now sought additional information for the Seahouses scheme which means the works have to be reprogrammed until next year.

Stakeholders including local businesses have now been advised that the works will now be rescheduled.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Seahouses Pier is a vital piece of infrastructure for businesses and tourists and it’s very important this work gets done.

“I would stress the pier remains perfectly safe for all those who use it and we will keep everyone updated as we plan towards the works next summer.”
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