The future of British piers are under threat because of poor management and corrosive sea water, a new report has found. The People's Piers report recommended taking piers into community ownership to safeguard their future.
Historic piers are under threat due to poor management, rising maintenance costs and rocketing insurance bills, new research has shown.
Sporadic conservation and neglectful ownership have left Britain's once prized seaside attractions on the verge of crumbling into the sea, said Jess Steele, the author of the People's Piers report.
Piers should be taken into community ownership in order to safeguard their future - as Hastings Pier is now - to protect them from corrosive sea water, owners who cannot provide for high maintenance and insurance costs.
There were 57 piers under threat in the UK, according to Miss Steele.
At present 56 percent of piers are privately owned, with 39 percent in local authority hands and 5 percent in community ownership, the report said.