Pier pres­sure

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Afes­ti­val is planned on June 3–4 to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of Birn­beck pier, We­ston-su­per-mare, Som­er­set, which needs fund­ing for re­pair (www.birn­beck­re­gen­er­a­tiontrust.org.uk/events).

the Grade ii*-listed struc­ture was the work of master pier builder eu­ge­nius Birch and is re­garded by the Na­tional piers So­ci­ety as his great­est sur­viv­ing achieve­ment, given that his Brighton West pier is now clas­si­fied as ‘lost’.

Sadly, Birn­beck pier has been closed since 1994 and is de­scribed by the so­ci­ety as in ‘mor­tal’ dan­ger of col­lapse. the Birn­beck pier Re­gen­er­a­tion trust is bat­tling to save it and is ap­peal­ing for pub­lic help to raise funds to con­duct a full sur­vey of the struc­ture and to com­mis­sion a fea­si­bil­ity study to iden­tify a sus­tain­able fu­ture for the site. the task in­volves the co­op­er­a­tion of the cur­rent owner CNM es­tates, which has been crit­i­cised by lo­cal coun­cil­lors for its ne­glect of the pier, and the trust will draw in­spi­ra­tion from the re­cently suc­cess­ful re­open­ing of an­other his­toric Birch cre­ation, Hast­ings pier. Jack Watkins

Grade Ii*-listed Birn­beck Pier, built by Eu­ge­nius Birch, is in mor­tal dan­ger of col­lapse and needs funds

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