Clevedon Pier – Another television appearance for the pier
Clevedon Pier’s popularity with filming crews over the last ten years continues with the airing of the Channel 4 television programme “Truelove”. The pier features in the first episode, which was broadcast on Wednesday 3rd January (available to watch on the Channel 4 website). The pier’s first appearance that made it known worldwide was, arguably, during the filming of a One Direction music video in 2014.
Clacton Pier – Proposals for 2024
Billy and Elliott Ball and their devoted team have achieved a remarkable catalogue of improvement works to the pier in recent years, as members of the National Piers Society will surely know. For 2024, perhaps encouraged by the positive response to 2023’s events devoted to the “Year of the Pier”, an expansion in the event schedule is being proposed. In addition, the planning of new workshops and staff facilities are underway in facilitation of these events. The pier management will be revealing the events schedule in the coming weeks. Past developments since 2013 have been recorded on the NPS’ page for Clacton Pier (See link below) and does well to emphasise the extent of the work that has been done during this interval.
Walton Pier – Updated book devoted to Walton Pier Bowl to be released
The bowling alley at the pier was tributed in a book written by Steven Walker, published in 2022. Following a number of comments and recollections by readers and bowling colleagues, an expanded version is to be released later this January. It will be launched at The Nose Bookstore in Walton on the 20th January. The previous version was a substantial piece considering the scope of the subject, with nearly 180 pages (according to its Amazon listing). One wonders how big a book devoted to the entirity of Walton Pier might be!
Tenby Harbour Breakwater – The “tombstoning” problem
The South-Wales harbour village has battled with anti-social behaviour around the harbour in recent years and diving from the breakwater has been identified as a particularly critical hazard. Following the installation of signage across the harbour, it has been the part-time closure of the pier which has finally produced results. Access to the seaward half of the breakwater during high tide has been restricted by security gates at certain times of the year, whilst “legitimate” harbour users naturally have continued access. It has been reported that this has had a positive effect thus far.
Southsea Beach – Poor water quality
The Environment Agency has revised the water quality rating of the “Southsea East Bathing Area”, which passes under South Parade Pier, as poor. This rating had gradually worsened from an “Excellent” rating in 2019. A surface water outfall is located within the catchment area, in addition to a considerable area of sea defence construction work; both of which have been suggested as potential causes for the worsening conditions. In accordance with the rating, the public is now advised to avoid bathing in the area.
Herne Bay Pier Forecourt – Debate over Council’s ongoing “plaza” development
Kent County Council has constructed a permanent road blockade at the entrance of Herne Bay Pier, forming a square that is accessible only to pedestrans and cyclists. Vehicles are thusly diverted along a new one-way system through the town centre. The existing prospect of an empty asphalt square, blocked to vehicles with a series of timber crates, has led to some residents to criticise the Council’s interventions. Whether the square will be made into something more in the approach to the peak season remains to be seen; in connecting the existing well-established pedestrian features to the North and South and also to the pier itself, there may well be some potential for success in the future.
Clevedon – Arrangements for the Off-Peak season
The Winter season is often an uncertain and unrewarding time for seaside towns, it being common for businesses to temporarily close during this period and leave the town as a desert for its residents. Clevedon, however, is managing to resist this trend and ensuring that hospitality continues to be provided for its residents and any remaining tourists. Employing a reduced workforce, the pier continues to be opened for the enjoyment of residents and its illumination over Christmas has caused considerable additional attraction. Clevedon’s retail trade continues to take advantage of the Christmas trade, but some businesses suspect that the controversial seafront “improvement works” have impacted some footfall.
Llandudno – A history of its two jetties
Llandudno Pier is accompanied by two comparitively modest marine structures, which continue to serve as ancilliary landing places for smaller vessels (Llandudno Pier, conversely, acts as landing place for larger pleasure cruisers). This article details the history of these two jetties.