Pier revamp delayed again

PUBLISHED: 13:08 17 September 2014

Burnham Slipway and beach views.

Burnham Slipway and beach views.

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BURNHAM’S pier will not be open throughout the winter after all, with an expansion to the pavilion delayed until early next year.

Pavilion owner and town councillor Louise Parkin confirmed to the Mercury this week the planned redevelopment of the building will not go ahead until Easter 2015, with potential teething problems blamed for the delay.

The £100,000 expansion will include a folding roof, which will allow 90 customers to be served, up from the current 28, and allow longer opening hours throughout the year.

Building work had originally been scheduled to start this summer, but was put off to avoid closing the building for a five-day spell during the busy holiday season.

Ms Parkin said: “Whatever you do, there are always teething problems, and it would be better to put it up around the Easter period. The thing will definitely stand up to the bad weather we’ll likely get through the winter months.

“However, if there is anything above a force nine gale we have got to open up the roof – if there’s a problem with it early on and we have something stronger than that, it could become a big issue.

“This will give us all of next year to build up business which can stay with us through the winter months.

“We won’t lose any market this winter – the pavilion will be open at weekends as it is currently.

“Next year, I hope it will have the added effect of causing business to quadruple when we can open every day of the week.”

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