THE owners of South Parade Pier have been given three months to replace an historic feature they removed illegally.
Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee decided at a meeting that action needed to be taken against Fred Nash and Dawn Randall because they acted without permission.
Consent was needed to remove one of the rounded edges on the pier’s concrete deck – called a ‘bull nose’– because the pier is listed.
The owners could face criminal prosecution if they don’t agree with the terms, which are part of a listed building enforcement notice they’ve been issued with.
But councillors Ken Ellcome and John Ferrett said the error was made two months ago – so the owners have already had plenty of time to sort things out.
Cllr Ellcome said: ‘Although the owners have known since May 24 this work should have been done, I can see nothing today which shows it has been done. Therefore my view is while Mr Nash has agreed in this discussion to undertake the work, I would like to see the belt and braces approach, just in case it’s not done.’
Mr Nash said: ‘The bull nose that we are talking about was in a very bad state and we had council officers at the pier. They recommended that we cut the broken concrete off. We cut the broken concrete off at considerable expense.
‘It would have been easier for us to bodge it up. We do not want to be in conflict with the council.’
Claire Upton-Brown, city development manager, said it wouldn’t be possible to replace the bull nose with an identical copy – but everything will be done to ensure the owners install a similar one.
Cllr David Fuller told Mr Nash and Ms Randall: ‘Work with us –we are here to help.’
The owners were set to meet Ms Upton-Brown and a representative from English Heritage today to discuss the agreement.