WATCH: Drone footage reveals true state of Birnbeck Pier as jetty demolition is suspended

PUBLISHED: 16:23 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 09 January 2017

Diggers have been seen close to Birnbeck Pier - but work to demolish the pier's north jetty has been halted. Photo by Eleanor Young.

Diggers have been seen close to Birnbeck Pier - but work to demolish the pier's north jetty has been halted. Photo by Eleanor Young.


Work to demolish part of Weston-super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier has ground to a halt – while this incredible footage reveals just how much the historic pier has deteriorated.

Permission was granted last year to demolish the pier’s storm-damaged North Jetty and diggers were seen clearing an access route to the site last week.

However, the Mercury understands work has been suspended while ‘legal issues’ concerning the demolition are thrashed out between North Somerset Council and the pier’s owner, CNM Estates – with no word yet on when it will resume.

Meanwhile, drone footage captured by reader Jon Avery reveals the full extent of Birnbeck’s perilous plight, as the pier’s wrecked surface can be fully seen from the air.

*Pick up a copy of Thursday’s Mercury for the full story of the jetty demolition.

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