THE owners of South Parade Pier have been ordered to make urgent repairs to the derelict attraction.
Fred Nash and Dawn Randall, who are due to sell the landmark on to a consortium of unknown business owners, have been served a repairs notice by Portsmouth City Council.
They must get the pier up to a safe standard within the next two months or else action will be taken.
Councillor Donna Jones, council leader, said: ‘We have listened to the public’s concerns and feel they need confidence that the preservation of the pier is underway.
‘A repairs notice will produce a schedule of work, demonstrating what will be done. Once timescales are formalised this will hopefully reduce everyone’s anxieties about the future of the pier.
‘This is by no means a reflection on the prospective owners, who I am in regular contact with and supportive of the approach they are taking to protecting this much loved seafront attraction.’
Malcolm Belcher, project surveyor for the consortium, said: ‘Although we remain the prospective owners, we are nevertheless working as hard as we can to expedite the repairs.’