South Parade Pier hopes to clinch slice of £3m government fund for seaside attractions

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THE owners of South Parade Pier hope to secure a slice of a £3m fund designed to help improve seaside attractions.

Coastal communities minister and minister for Portsmouth Mark Francois today revealed communities have a week left to submit bids for the coastal revival fund to help restore piers.

I urge communities to bid for this £3m Coastal Revival funding ahead of the deadline so they can kick-start restoration work and drive further investments so these icons can be restored to their full potential.

Coastal communities minister and minister for Portsmouth, Mark Francois

It comes after Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones said last month she is working with South Parade Pier owners Tommy Ware Snr and Tommy Ware Jnr on an application for the money.

Yet The National Piers Society, a charity dedicated to promoting piers, failed to include South Parade Pier on a list of attractions that it thinks should benefit - instead favouring Weston Birnbeck Pier, Bognor Pier, Herne Bay Pier, and Swanage Pier.

Mr Francois said: ‘From historic piers, seafronts to lidos our coastal towns are awash with striking icons which we want to celebrate but may have fallen into neglect and disuse over time.

‘I urge communities to bid for this £3m Coastal Revival funding ahead of the deadline so they can kick-start restoration work and drive further investments so these icons can be restored to their full potential.’

The owners of South Parade Pier are due back in court later this month as they attempt to lift an order restricting public access to the venue.