UPDATED: Council takes action to close pier

a danger sign at ''South Parade Pier in Southsea
a danger sign at ''South Parade Pier in Southsea
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South Parade Pier is being fenced off by Portsmouth City Council this afternoon because of safety fears.

The action was decided after a meeting of council officers and the pier owners where the decision was taken to close the attraction to the public.

It follows the council writing to the historic building’s joint-owner Fred Nash threatening legal action if urgent work to make the structure safe is not started.

Now closure notices and fences will be put up to shut off the pier and its covered promenade, with the underneath of the structure set to be closed off tomorrow at low tide.

In a letter to Mr Nash the council’s principal building surveyor Michael Osbaldstone said following an assessment on October 17 this year the council had decided the pier was ‘dangerous’.