Streetlifers debate Birnbeck trust

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 December 2015

Birnbeck Pier, Weston.

Birnbeck Pier, Weston.

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THE plight of volunteers looking to restore crumbling Birnbeck Pier has drawn attention on Streetlife.

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust is looking to raise money in order to save the grade II* listed structure.

Members of the trust have been helped by volunteers to clear the area around the structure and the trust took to Streetlife to ask people whether they had any materials which could be donated to the cause.

The trust’s Streetlife account PM 4 BRT said it was looking for materials including flourescent light units, plasterboard sheets, plywood sheets and fencing to help it open two buildings on the mainland by Easter 2016.

Raye G said in reply: “You (the trust) need to tell us what the buildings are for and exactly what you think you are going to achieve.

“If you need to scrounge the materials for this I really wonder if your efforts will ever regenerate the pier.”

The trust said: “There was no scrounging mentioned. (We are) only asking if any members of the public would like to donate, as many others have so generously done, to reduce costs and make what little funds we have go further.

“These materials are to help make a start on refurbishing mainland buildings.”

Many Streetlife users offered to lend materials and equipment to the trust.

Although Jacqueline S could not offer any help, she used the forum to wish the trust well.

She said: “How exciting. I am so happy to share your vision of opening the land-side buildings as a heritage centre.

“It will be a fantastic asset to the town.”

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