South Parade Pier owners seek public’s ideas on restoration

South Parade Pier ''''Picture: Shamus Roster
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The new owners of South Parade Pier want your ideas on what should feature on the attraction.

They have set up a new website for ideas and there are already more than 100 responses.

Speaking on behalf of the owners, Nick Courtney from People’s Plan for Southsea, said: ‘We have looked at every single one of the comments on the website. They will take on board what people are saying and some of those may be incorporated into future plans.’

The pier investors – who include Tommy Ware, his son who is also called Tommy Ware, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Mendal and another who wants to remain anonymous – say they welcome feedback from residents as they look to bring the pier back to life.

They say there is overwhelming support for the pier to be more modern but incorporate the traditional.

‘Clarence Pier already has arcades and they want South Parade to have some different attractions that everyone well enjoy,’ said Mr Courtney.

The website will provide news from the owners about the work’s progress.

As well as this, there is a public consultation on Saturday, February 21 at Royal Beach Hotel, opposite the pier from 11am to 5pm.

It has been set up by students from University of Portsmouth School of Architecture with the help of South Parade Pier Trust, a community group which wanted to take over the pier.

Trust chairman Leon Reis said: ‘The consultation will allow the masters students to hear public opinion and collect raw material for the students to develop creative plans for their project.’

The results will be published for Portsmouth and Southsea residents and to help inform the pier’s new owners and Portsmouth City Council of public expectations.

Mr Reis said: ‘It’s important for the new owners to attend our event so that the trust can give them the feedback from the public as well as share the students ideas.’

Mr Courtney said the new owners have been in contact with the university.

He said: ‘They are turning to them for help on what plans they feel should be put forward during the regeneration. All of these plans will be noted by the four-man consortium in the same way as the views of the public on the website.’

The make a contribution, go to southparadepier.net