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MORE money will be spent on the restoration of an historic pier.

Portsmouth City Council agreed to set aside £47,500 towards repair work at Victoria Pier, in Old Portsmouth, in September last year.

Now an extra £14,000 could be ploughed into the project after it was discovered more handrails need to be replaced and lead paint needs removing.

The spending will be approved by John Bean, the council’s housing and property services manager, unless a councillor asks for a cabinet member or the regulatory committee to make the decision. Rejections needed to be made by members by 5pm today.

As reported in The News, the pier, which dates back more than 500 years, was closed to the public in March for six weeks while maintenance was done.