Lowestoft Claremont Pier closes ahead of final sale deadline
Lowestoft’s iconic Claremont Pier is to be closed for a month and put into temporary liquidation – as its owner tries one final time to sell the historic Suffolk landmark – ahead of a final deadline for offers of January 31.
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Over £20 million to be invested in Southend Pier
A further £5.3million will be spent on maintaining and refurbishing the pier which Mr Woodley said was an ongoing investment that needs to be committed to ensure the pier’s long-term survival. This will be on top of the £16million already allocated to the pier last year to replace the trains and build a new restaurant and a visitor’s pavilion.
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10,000 visitors to Clacton Pier during Christmas period
Director Billy Ball said that it was a welcome and much-needed boost. “We have made a conscious decision to turn the pier into a 52-week a year attraction and there has been significant investment to do that,” he said. “Therefore it is vital that we get the footfall through the doors so that we can continue to service that investment”.
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National Piers Society attend the launch of Blackpool’s new ‘Showtown’ museum

Details of the first museum to tell the story of Blackpool and the seaside resort’s role in the British entertainment scene have been revealed. The £13m Showtown will be located on the Golden Mile.
It will be based within the Sands Venue Resort Hotel, which is set to be the town’s first five-star hotel.
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End section of Teignmouth Pier to be demolished
The privately-owned Grand Pier at Teignmouth suffered catastrophic damage in the storms of February 2014. The owners say other major factors are to blame, including the continual sand dredging off Teignmouth which constantly undermines the pier and the falling number of holidaymakers to the town.
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New designs for Southend Pier trains revealed
Southend Council are now keen to hear the people’s views on which design and colour they like. Residents have until Tuesday January 28 to leave their comments either on the Facebook photo album, responding to their pinned tweet on Twitter, or by visiting the pier entrance where a board will be installed.
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Storms flood Fort William Pier restaurant
Crannog restaurant, which sits on the pier overlooking the waters of Loch Linnhe, had to be evacuated after the water rose to a level that was perceived to be unsafe for diners.
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Blackpool North Pier theatre renamed in honour of Joe Longthorne
An all-star variety opening night has been scheduled for the newly-named venue on May 31, what would have been Joe’s 65th birthday. The Grade II listed pier and it’s 1,400 capacity theatre was Joe’s all-time favourite venue to have performed in, with more than 20 seasons appearing at the theatre.
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Possible compulsory purchase for Weston Birnbeck Pier?
Working with Historic England, North Somerset Council has begun the next step in securing the future of the pier and confirmed it will look at the possibility of a compulsory purchase order.
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Significant step forward for Withernsea Pier campaign
Campaigners behind plans for a pier in Withernsea have been boosted by a £125,000 grant from the National Lottery. They believe a pier will put one of Yorkshire’s most deprived towns back on the map, attracting another 10,000 visitors and helping local businesses.
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The long-awaited return of Whitby Pier footbridge!
After almost 20 years Whitby’s iconic East Pier has finally got its bridge back. The original East Pier footbridge was removed in 2001 because of damage caused by the sea but finally its £300,000 replacement has been craned into place.
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Fife’s Whale Pier idea still standing!
The group hoping to turn an ambitious dream to construct 100ft whale sculptures and a pier in Leven into a reality, has taken a major step forward. The Levenmouth Whale Project is now a registered company, meaning it can apply for funding, receive donations and find sponsors. Eugene Clarke, chair of the company, said that the next stage is securing the funding needed to carry out a feasibility study.
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Totland Bay Pier Cafe closes as rebuild begins
A planning application has been submitted to build a two-storey restaurant at the end of the pier. The work is scheduled to start this week and and the cafe is expected to reopen at the end of May.
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National Piers Society Pier Of The Year: Voting Closes 29th February

National Piers Society members can vote for the 2020 Pier Of The Year by emailing their nomination to membership@piers.org.uk
All piers that are currently open for business are eligible EXCEPT the winners from the last five years (Cromer, Cleethorpes, Hastings, Southsea South Parade, Worthing).