Pier experts to offer advice to Eastbourne

Pier experts to offer advice to Eastbourne

Pier experts to offer advice to Eastbourne

First published in News

PIER experts in Southend have offered to help out in Eastbourne after the Sussex town’s own pier was severely damaged by fire.

Officers at Southend Council said they are willing to share knowledge and experience with their counterparts in Eastbourne.

Southend’s pier was last damaged by fire nine years ago and the council, which owns and runs the structure, pumped in millions of pounds worth of investment and ramped up its safety measures.

Eastbourne was in shock last week when its Victorian pier caught fire, leaving a large part of the jetty damaged.

Lib Dem Graham Longley, deputy leader of the council and responsible for enterprise, tourism, and economic development, said: “My sympathies go out to the people of Eastbourne, who woke to find a local treasure left in tatters.”

On Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the Government would give Eastbourne Council £2million to start a restoration project.

On the same day, it was announced the fire was being treated as arson.

It was in 2005 when Southend’s pier was last heavily damaged in a fire. In 2011, the council completed the installation of a £2.1m state-of-the-art sprinkler system, the only of its kind in the world.

Smoking is banned along the pier and there are a total of 14 water hydrants along the length of the jetty, as well as two bridging points for tugboats, which would allow firefighters to pump water to parts of the pier they would not be able to reach from land. The authority has also laid on extra night-time security, and the structure goes through regular inspection from insurers and the fire service.

Mr Longley added: “Southend pier is one of the town’s greatest assets, both in terms of its heritage and the huge number of tourists it attracts. That’s why we are committed to protecting it as best we can and investing to keep the risk of fire to an absolute minimum.”

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9:19am Tue 5 Aug 14

w-jback says...

Surely the last people to ask would be Southend Council who managed to do pretty much nothing after 3 fires in 40 years!
Best go to the owners of Weston super Mare pier for advice, they managed to get it rebuilt in a couple of years!
Surely the last people to ask would be Southend Council who managed to do pretty much nothing after 3 fires in 40 years! Best go to the owners of Weston super Mare pier for advice, they managed to get it rebuilt in a couple of years! w-jback
  • Score: 11

9:20am Tue 5 Aug 14

andyh says...

I should hope that Eastbourne does a more comprehensive job of restoration than Southend.
I should hope that Eastbourne does a more comprehensive job of restoration than Southend. andyh
  • Score: 10

9:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

ccd says...

Pier caught fire mate? Lovely! What you want is to rip out the Victorian rubbish and stick more glass and stainless steel on it. Punters love it. probably.
Pier caught fire mate? Lovely! What you want is to rip out the Victorian rubbish and stick more glass and stainless steel on it. Punters love it. probably. ccd
  • Score: 3

9:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

w-jback says...

Of course the best way to stop fires on the pier is to do as Southend have done - install sprinklers then do nothing else! No structures to burn = no fires!
Of course the best way to stop fires on the pier is to do as Southend have done - install sprinklers then do nothing else! No structures to burn = no fires! w-jback
  • Score: 9

10:01am Tue 5 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

This is a joke right? Southend should have visited Eastbourne Pier to see how its done, and southend should also visit the many many other fine piers around our great coast and then it might hit home that no one charges people to walk on them and that its possible to actually get things worth having on them and get them banged out most days with people really enjoying them AND spending money in/on what ever is there rather than building a building that don't fit in and with nothing in it for the average daytripper or local.

our pier has gone down hill after the several fires, the lighting along the length is broken/rusted, and there's sweet FA at the end AND you pay for the privilege, how about charging for the Train ride only for those that want to ride and leave the walkers to walk free.
This is a joke right? Southend should have visited Eastbourne Pier to see how its done, and southend should also visit the many many other fine piers around our great coast and then it might hit home that no one charges people to walk on them and that its possible to actually get things worth having on them and get them banged out most days with people really enjoying them AND spending money in/on what ever is there rather than building a building that don't fit in and with nothing in it for the average daytripper or local. our pier has gone down hill after the several fires, the lighting along the length is broken/rusted, and there's sweet FA at the end AND you pay for the privilege, how about charging for the Train ride only for those that want to ride and leave the walkers to walk free. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 6

10:08am Tue 5 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

the local authority 'in joke' of the century....
the local authority 'in joke' of the century.... pembury53
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

emcee says...

I read the headline and immediately thought that if the fire did not kill off Eastbourne Pier, advice from Southend Council would certainly be the nail in its coffin.
If I was a resident of Eastbourne I would urge the Eastbourne Council to take a long hard look at Southend Pier and say, "Thanks, but no thanks".
I read the headline and immediately thought that if the fire did not kill off Eastbourne Pier, advice from Southend Council would certainly be the nail in its coffin. If I was a resident of Eastbourne I would urge the Eastbourne Council to take a long hard look at Southend Pier and say, "Thanks, but no thanks". emcee
  • Score: 7

2:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jayman says...

Dear Eastbourne Council

we have a little black book, filled with temp consultants, PR men and over-quoting builders we could lend to you.

regards

southend council.
Dear Eastbourne Council we have a little black book, filled with temp consultants, PR men and over-quoting builders we could lend to you. regards southend council. jayman
  • Score: -1

5:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

John Right says...

Trouble is, Eastborne has a real pier, not an industrial looking jetty, with the bare minimal of entertainments, no fishing here, no fishing there, why because of the thousands of visiting tourists,, flocking to the tin shed and lifeboat station. Considering the fire at the end was in 1976, what hope is there?
Trouble is, Eastborne has a real pier, not an industrial looking jetty, with the bare minimal of entertainments, no fishing here, no fishing there, why because of the thousands of visiting tourists,, flocking to the tin shed and lifeboat station. Considering the fire at the end was in 1976, what hope is there? John Right
  • Score: 2

7:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

emcee says...

John Right wrote:
Trouble is, Eastborne has a real pier, not an industrial looking jetty, with the bare minimal of entertainments, no fishing here, no fishing there, why because of the thousands of visiting tourists,, flocking to the tin shed and lifeboat station. Considering the fire at the end was in 1976, what hope is there?
We only have an "industrial looking jetty" because Southend Council has made it like that. Easbourne will also end up with an "industrial looking jetty" if they take any advice from Southend Council.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Trouble is, Eastborne has a real pier, not an industrial looking jetty, with the bare minimal of entertainments, no fishing here, no fishing there, why because of the thousands of visiting tourists,, flocking to the tin shed and lifeboat station. Considering the fire at the end was in 1976, what hope is there?[/p][/quote]We only have an "industrial looking jetty" because Southend Council has made it like that. Easbourne will also end up with an "industrial looking jetty" if they take any advice from Southend Council. emcee
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Eastbourne WILL NOT take any advice from SBC, regarding their Pier Eastbourne have the seafront set up just great, cheap all day parking(free after 6pm) very nice flowers, clean, tidy,no Orrible smells, No stinking bins,hardly a parking warden in sight, Pier lit up as is the seafront with simple clear strings of lights was a fantastic pier too and will be once again, however they may make out they are listening just to be polite but when the phone goes down they will have a right royal chuckle.
Eastbourne WILL NOT take any advice from SBC, regarding their Pier Eastbourne have the seafront set up just great, cheap all day parking(free after 6pm) very nice flowers, clean, tidy,no Orrible smells, No stinking bins,hardly a parking warden in sight, Pier lit up as is the seafront with simple clear strings of lights was a fantastic pier too and will be once again, however they may make out they are listening just to be polite but when the phone goes down they will have a right royal chuckle. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 2

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