A SUPPORT group has said it will help the new buyer of South Parade Pier fundraise to restore it – as long as it is kept for public use.
The message has been delivered by Leon Reis, chairman of People’s Pier, which has been campaigning to see the pier turned back into a popular attraction.
He said: ‘We at the People’s Pier have spoken to property officials locally and further afield, and not one of them believes that the pier is a wise buy.
‘My group would be very nervous about buying the pier and we think everybody else would be too. We will be looking to help the buyer make the pier safe. As a community group we can get the grants to help them do that.
‘In return we want the guarantee that the pier will remain open for local people and be made welcoming.’
The pier, which has a guide price of between £190,000 to £210,000, is due to be auctioned at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, tomorrow.