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Plans revealed for South Parade Pier

The pier closed in 2012 and was in a state of disrepair Credit: ITV

A zip wire, a big wheel and a roof-top restaurant are among plans to transform the derelict South Parade Pier in Southsea.

The pier was closed in 2012 after it was deemed "a danger to the public" but purchased by a business consortium last year.

The redevelopment could also see the pier's theatre brought back into use as a music venue.

The plans will be submitted to the council later this month.

Council looks to secure future of South Parade Pier

Following an agreement with South Parade Pier's prospective new owners, Portsmouth City Council will serve a repairs notice to the current owners Fred Nash and Denise Randall.

This compels the current owners to undertake the proper preservation of a building, within a two month timescale.

Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council said: "We have listened to the public's concerns and feel they need confidence that the preservation of the pier is underway. A repairs notice will produce a schedule of work, demonstrating what will be done."

Work is underway to repair South Parade Pier. Credit: PortsmouthCityCouncil

Malcolm Belcher, project surveyor said:

We anticipate completing the works to make the pier safe over the coming winter months, weather permitting, and shall be shortly providing the council with all necessary information demonstrating how this will be achieved.

We remain on schedule of our own programme, and fully except the majority of the essential works to be completed and approved early 2015.

– Malcom Belcher


Campaign to warn about tombstoning a success

A campaign this summer to warn people about the dangers of tombstoning has been hailed a success.

Lots of supporters backed the Safer Portsmouth Partnerships campaign, including Sonny Wells. He jumped off of South Parade Pier in 2008 and was unfortunately paralysed.

He let the campaign use a picture of him in intensive care, to warn others about the dangers of tombstoning.

All secondary schools displayed the poster of Sonny, as well as using video links and social media to get the message across.

Councillor Rod Wood said, "The dispersal order we put in place in May 2013 was to try and ensure that the area stayed safe and pleasant for all age groups."

Organisations who were part of the campaign included:

  • Portsmouth City Council's Community Wardens
  • CCTV team
  • Hampshire Constabulary Police Officers
  • MOD Police
  • National Coast Watch
  • H.M. Coastguard
  • Queens Harbour Master
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • Hampshire Fire Rescue Service
  • Isle of Wight Ferry