Re-opening of Southsea pier '˜as unclear as ever' fears senior Tory councillor

THE deputy Tory leader of Portsmouth City Council says he remains sceptical over progress made to transform South Parade Pier.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 6:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:53 pm
South Parade Pier

Councillor Luke Stubbs says there have been ‘many false dawns’ in connection with the venue.

It comes despite People’s Plan for Southsea campaigner Nick Courtney releasing pictures showing extensive work that’s been done to improve the outside look.

Cllr Stubbs, of Eastney and Craneswater ward, said: ‘There have been so many false dawns that it’s difficult to know what to make of this.

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‘Money has certainly been spent, but whether that means the whole thing is going to open and when, is as unclear as ever.’

Mr Courtney says the pier’s owners hope to reopen part of the attraction early next year, with a view to a full reopening by the summer.