Birnbeck trust boosted by £10k clearance work

PUBLISHED: 15:37 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:37 04 November 2015

Members of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust were joined by Weston mayor Raymond Armstrong as the clearance work progressed.

Members of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust were joined by Weston mayor Raymond Armstrong as the clearance work progressed.

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A CAMPAIGN group battling to save Birnbeck Pier was given a major boost last week when a building firm agreed to carry out thousands of pounds of work for free.

Plant operations firm Lynch used heavy machinery to carry out land clearance work close to the pier, on behalf of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust.

It is believed their work would have cost at least £10,000, but the Bridgwater company agreed to carry out the repairs for free to help the charity’s cause.

The pier’s car park, the pavement leading down to the Pier View information centre and an overgrown coastal pathway leading from Pier View to the Toll Road were cleared by Lynch workers, trust members and helpers.

The group was joined on Friday by Weston’s mayor, Raymond Armstrong, who praised the trust for its commitment and enthusiasm.

Cllr Armstrong said: “They are certainly very ambitious and they have so much enthusiasm.

“It does seem like there is a reasonable prospect of the pier’s regeneration going through. Everyone will be delighted if it does happen.”

The mayor also urged Birnbeck’s owner, Wahid Samady, to do ‘whatever he can’ to enable the regeneration of the pier to take place. The trust is aiming to restore Birnbeck to its Victorian-era glory and needs to raise at least £80,000 to carry out a feasibility study and structural survey.

Cllr Armstrong said: “I would encourage him (Mr Samady) to do whatever he can to make it go ahead. We would be grateful to him for anything he could to do help things progress.”

In a statement on its Facebook page, the trust said: “This was a magnificent effort from the Lynch team and we cannot thank them enough.”

The trust was also joined by several volunteers who helped to clear the area, and it said it is keen to hear from anyone else who is keen to support the cause. Email volunteer@birnbeckregenerationtrust.org.uk to get involved.

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