Pier owners given seven days to make £100k repairs

Work needed: South Parade Pier
Work needed: South Parade Pier
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THE owners of South Parade Pier have been given seven days to make repairs to the pier at a cost of £100,000.

The leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, has written to Fred Nash and Dawn Randall to instruct them to fund necessary safety work.

That includes putting up wooden barriers to stop anyone getting down either side of the pier and installing a boarded tunnel on the decking to prevent any objects falling on people.

Councillor Vernon-Jackson told The News that, if the work was not carried out in the next seven days, the council would fund the repairs - but then speed up the sale of the pier and take £100,000 from the purchase.

The call to Mr Nash and Ms Randall comes despite the owners claiming they have already exchanged contracts for the pier to be sold.

The South Parade Pier Trust - the community group that wants to buy the pier - did not believe that to be true.