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