I know it doesnt look much but the pier trust has started to sort out a start of development to hopefully bridge the gap between the landward end to the isolated pier end 1/2 mile out.The middle bit was lost to a storm in the 1970's.
2 years ago there was an ugly sports hall on the landward end and only got knocked down 2 year ago!!I would say try and support the pier rather than criticise- it doesnt try to be like Southend but seems to aspire to be better and longer- talk to the pier trust staff for more info.
There are plans to put clear perspex in the central panels to enable clarity for the beach hut shops- ideal startup resources for small businesses and great refreshment outlets. This will be increased in numbers to reflect its success.Its free to go on the pier.
The last year has seen the helter skelter arrive with other fairgound stalls planned,so should add to the fun for younger people. Most recently has been the start of a craft/ farmers market with several excellent stalls from local beers to confectionary and meats.
So please dont judge the pier harshly, understand its problems and try and support it and the things that go on it,for its come a long way in the 2 summers since losing the real eyesore. That way it may be restored in time to its former glory. If you stand on the downs looking towards the pier you get the most amazing sunsets on lovely days.
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