South Parade Pier timeline

South Parade Pier
South Parade Pier
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THIS timeline shows the long road to restoration for South Parade Pier.

The pier’s new owners have unveiled their grand plan to save the attraction.

May, 2010: South Parade Pier is sold to Frenash Limited, set up by a consortium led by Fred Nash.

June, 2012: South Parade Trust meets for the first time to talk about its bid to take over the pier.

July, 2012: Police called after Mr Nash threatens to evict company which runs arcade over unpaid business rates.

December, 2012: Pier up for auction but fails to sell at guide price of £210,000.

May, 2013: Portsmouth entrepreneur unveils £30m plans to pull down pier and replace it with building including modern art gallery. Idea fails to get off the ground.

July, 2013: Owners told by council to replace a rounded edge of the pier’s deck called a ‘bull nose’ or face criminal prosecution. A new bull nose has now been delivered and is due to be installed.

October, 2013: English Heritage pulls out of deal to provide £15,000.

December, 2013: Electricity supply is cut off because of unpaid bills.

March, 2014: City council takes Mr Nash to court in an attempt to get an order making him do repair work. His business partner Dawn Randall claims pier has been sold to a ‘very wealthy person’.

April, 2014: Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson meets new owners for the pier. In same month council says £100,000 from development of Harry Redknapp’s land in Southsea will go towards repairs.

May, 2014: A wall is built around the site and the pier is boarded up – after a court order declared the site dangerous.

August, 2014: Survey work and repairs begin on the pier, as a petition pushing for the pier’s re-opening gains 4,000 signatures. Following the Eastbourne Pier blaze, councillors call on the government for a similar restoration grant.

September, 2014: A £50,000 one-off payment is made by the council to fence off the structure and employ security guards. This comes after the South Parade Trust received a £10,000 boost by the Heritage Lottery Fund in their attempt to buy the pier.

November, 2014: Council serves a repair notice to owners, giving them two months to make the derelict attraction safe.

December, 2014: Prospective new owners are given an ultimatum – repair the pier’s structure or hand it over to the community.

January, 2015: A consortium of business owners exchange contracts with previous pier owners, securing the sale of the pier.

Campaigners urge owners to reveal if they have enough funds.