SECURITY guards have been hired to stop visitors walking under a Southsea attraction that’s been damaged by bad weather.
Portsmouth City Council has forked out £1,428 on staff who are keeping watch on the bottom of South Parade Pier 24 hours a day for the next week.
Storms have damaged the attraction and the council fears that if people walk underneath, something could fall on them.
As reported, the authority is also going to be putting in a 15m exclusion zone on either side of the pier to prevent access until repairs are carried out.
Fences have already been put in place to mark where the timber piled barriers will be.
The cost of the work is being calculated.
Fred Nash, co-owner of the pier, said: ‘It’s a good idea to stop people going under the pier.’
As reported, The South Parade Trust is still locked in negotiations with Mr Nash and his business partner Dawn Randall over the possibility of a takeover.