Pier part-closed as up­grades kick in

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ASECTION of South­port Pier will be closed from next week while a re­tail kiosk is built and fur­ther up­grades car­ried out.

The work is phase three of a £2.9m re­vamp of the Grade II listed struc­ture thanks to fund­ing via the Coastal Com­mu­nity Fund and Sefton Coun­cil.

A bar and ice cream par­lour has al­ready opened in a Vic­to­rian shel­ter dur­ing the pre­vi­ous phases of the work (see panel above).

The next phase will be­gin on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1 and will in­volve es­sen­tial power up­grades and re­pairs to the tim­ber deck­ing. While the work is car­ried out, the South­port Pier Pav­il­ion cafe will also carry out a ma­jor in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ment.

While the penny ar­cades will re­main in place, the rest of the cafe will be re­designed to cre­ate a cafe bar-style venue.

The pav­il­ion was granted a per­ma­nent li­cence to serve al­co­hol later in the day.

Natalie JamiesonMor­ri­son, who runs the pav­il­lion with re­cently dad Colin Jamieson and sis­ter Joanne Jamieson, said: “The re­furb will mean we can stay open longer in the sum­mer and peo­ple can have a drink while they watch the sun set.”

With Box­ing Day tra­di­tion­ally one of the busiest days for the cafe, Natalie said they were hop­ing to have the work com­pleted to re­open around the week be­fore Christ­mas. More than 800 re­pairs have been com­pleted by a spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor dur­ing phases one and two and a new kiosk has been built on the pier in­cor­po­rat­ing seat­ing.

The work is sched­uled to run un­til the Christ­mas pe­riod and dur­ing this time the sea­ward pier and pav­il­ion will be closed to the pub­lic from the half­way house to the pav­il­ion.

The land­ward sec­tion will re­main open to the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the re­cently com­pleted kiosk.

Cllr Mar­ion Atkin­son, Sefton Coun­cil’s Labour cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion and skills, said: “This im­por­tant im­prove­ment work on South­port Pier is re­ally start­ing to take shape.

“The first two phases went re­ally well com­ing in un­der bud­get and ahead of sched­ule so we are de­lighted the next phase will start in Oc­to­ber.

“While not all of the pier will be open dur­ing the next phase, we be­lieve it is a small price to pay for what will be cru­cial to this im­por­tant scheme.

“Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple visit South­port Pier ev­ery year boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and this whole scheme will se­cure an im­por­tant land­mark for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The fi­nal phase of works, planned for 2019, will im­prove ac­cess and re­store the Ma­rine Lake rail­ings.

South­port Pier

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