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It seems the day of the pleasure pier is over. The offer of a brisk walk along the prom, looking back over the seafront, is no longer enough. We want more.

Funfairs, restaurants and dance halls are not sufficient to attract the footfall to pay for the upkeep of such wonderful structures.

The result? They become unloved and an eyesore.

Is this the way our very own South Parade Pier in Southsea will go?

Rightly, the council will not pay for it. I doubt the people of Portsmouth will have enough to save it.

So will it become a private jetty for those heading for a night of luxury at No Man’s Land Fort?

It’s beginning to look like only a multi-millionaire with a big powerboat can save it now.