In pictures: New street art near Birnbeck Pier after spray jam
PUBLISHED: 09:07 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 18 August 2017
New artwork was unveiled on the hoardings around Weston-super-Mare’s derelict Birnbeck Pier this weekend, while the first grant application to restore the deteriorating structure is expected to be submitted soon.
The pier has been in a state of decline since it closed in 1994 and the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has been working to repair it.
The Trust announced in June that it had the support from North Somerset Council and heritage bodies to start applying for funding, and has now confirmed its first grant application is almost complete.
A spray jam was held at the pier this weekend to raise funds for the Trust, and brighten up the nearby hoardings.
Around 60 artists showcased their work, which was painted in a variety of different styles, and 74 boards will be finished by the end of this week.
Spray jam organiser Lin Toulcher said: “It was marvellous. We had great feedback from the artists and we are already talking about next year.
“The music and poetry performers were amazing. It was wonderful.”
The Trust’s secretary Heidi Griffin confirmed the charity is close to completing its first major funding application, which will be sent to the Heritage Lottery Fund shortly.
If the Trust is successful, the £200,000 resilient heritage grant will be used to strengthen the charity to ensure it has the staff and volunteers in place to manage the pier and its restoration in the long term.
The idea is for the Trust to build itself up to being ‘funding ready’, which means the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England will look more favourably on future funding applications for the £16.2million project, which has been split into two phases.
The pier is in private hands but the Trust is confident the owner, CNM Estates, will provide it with the 99-year lease it needs for future phase one and phase two grant applications to be successful.
Mrs Griffin said: “The application for the resilient heritage fund is being sent off soon. It is almost complete.”
People are invited to visit the area near the pier and view the artworks.