Streetlife: Birnbeck Pier's state scrutinised

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 September 2015

Birnbeck Pier.

Birnbeck Pier.

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THE poor state of Birnbeck Pier has come under fire from Streetlife users.

The pier is owned by CNM Estates and has fallen into serious disrepair during the past few years.

However, the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, which is battling to save the structure, unveiled plans in the summer which could see the site returned to its former glory if trustees are able to secure a lease and millions of pounds in funding.

Streetlifers began debating the state of the pier after it emerged the Victorian Society had placed the grade II* listed structure on its list of the country’s 10 most endangered Victorian sites.

M G said: “Birnbeck Pier (is) in ruins, (and) today I received a flyer to buy shares in Clevedon Pier and become a voting member.

“(This) tells you all you need to know about the two piers and their respective management.”

Robin G said: “I can’t ever see the Old Pier being reinstated as it was, I haven’t been on the island for a number of years now, last time I was there it was a total wreck so I’m sure it isn’t any better now.

“The landing jetty has had it, the main jetty will soon be following it and what’s left of the buildings won’t last the winter if the weathermen are correct. It’s such a shame.

“(CNM chairman Wahid Samady) is never going to do anything with the pier, he hasn’t got the money to do it, and he doesn’t care about it if it’s not going to make him rich – which it won’t.

“(We) should give someone who has an active mind, vision and good business sense the opportunity to sort it out – and as there is no one around these parts like that, has anybody got Richard Branson’s number?”

PM 4 BRT was speaking on behalf of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, and said: “We are a registered charity and are now fully engaged with Birnbeck Pier’s owners in efforts to save this landmark structure. We are presently in the initial stages of applying for Heritage Lottery Fund grants in order to regenerate the entire Birnbeck complex.”

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