Businessman wants pier decision

PUBLISHED: 07:18 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 May 2010

AN ISRAELI businessman says he is frustrated he has not been told whether his offer to buy Birnbeck Pier has been successful.

AN ISRAELI businessman says he is frustrated he has not been told whether his offer to buy Birnbeck Pier has been successful.David Dadon called the Weston & Somerset Mercury from Israel this week to say he is keen to buy the crumbling structure and turn it into a Victorian-themed attraction.Mr Dadon would not say how much he offered for the pier but he says he has the means to buy it and transform it into a tourist magnet.The pier is owned by several companies run by the same family. The companies include White Horse Ferries.Peter Lay, one of the prime family partners, said there had been 'serious interest' in the pier.Mr Dadon, who describes himself as being in real estate, tourist projects and farming said: "This is something I am ready to start immediately. I would like the pier to have a Victorian village with shops, a small amphitheatre and a casino if I have a licence."I have properties in Aberdeen in Scotland and English companies."Very soon the money I have available will just go into another project."Mr Lay said: "I have had an offer for the pier and we are still considering it but we are talking to more than one party at the moment. We are taking into account people's financial ability to develop the pier and the track record of anyone interested."There is generally a lot more interest in the pier now than there was in previous years. I imagine the growth in the property market has been helpful in that. There is a regular flow of organisations expressing an interest. "I think things are a lot more hopeful than they ever were in the past. Birnbeck is the most important unresolved pier restoration project in the country.

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