£1m-maintenance programme for grade one pier
THE second phase of a £1-million programme of maintenance to Clevedon's historic Victorian pier is to get under way later this month.
North Somerset Council, which owns the pier, has earmarked £650,000 for the work which will see the main promenade area of the grade one-listed landmark upgraded.
Work is due to start in the next couple of weeks and is the second phase of a maintenance project started seven years ago which saw the refurbishment and repainting of the pier head, pergoda and shelters and cost £328,000.
The latest phase of maintenance engineering work will see all the legs of the pier checked to ensure the structure and the bolts and metalwork is in good condition. The pier's legs will be blasted and repainted and some of the work will only be able to be carried out at low tide.
The work is expected to be completed by February next year.
The pier, which last year attracted 90,000 visitors including boat passengers, will remain open during the work.
Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust development manager, Jonquil Brooks, who is co-ordinating a fundraising campaign, said: "The pier attracts more than 90,000 visitors a year but its long-term future is questionable. Significant funds are required each year in order to preserve the historic ironwork if the pier is to continue to remain open. Whilst plans are in hand to renovate the pier during 2012, Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust needs to generate higher surpluses in the long term to fund the continuing cycles of maintenance."