Published: 00:01, 18 August 2017 |
Deal Pier – the town's third – was opened nearly 60 years ago on November 19, 1957 by the Duke of Edinburgh, but recent neglect has left the tourist attraction looking shabby and dangerous.
Cllr Trevor Bond was alerted to the wear and tear by residents who complained of corroded posts, rusty hand rails and a protruding bolt from a removed seat.
The town, district and county councillor informed the district council who he says where very swift to act and a series of improvement works has now been outlined.
Cllr Bond said: “I was horrified when I walked down there.
"It had got to the stage where action needed to be taken.
"It’s a key tourist point for us. Many more people go to the pier than any other attraction in the district. We should have it as the flagship attraction.”
Cllr Bond was most concerned about a protruding bolt, which had emerged following the removal of a seat. He alerted officers who had it removed within 24 hours.
Future improvements include new seating, lighting and pier surface.
He said: “Dover District Council are now on the case but we shouldn’t have let it get to this stage.
"They’ve started work to fix things and they’ve given me a schedule of upgrading that I hope will be complete by summer next year.
“I’m hoping at the end of this we’re going to have a first class pier.”
A DDC spokesman said: “We continue to review and monitor maintenance issues on the pier, and make any urgent repairs as necessary.
"This has included recent work to remove a protruding bolt.
“Provision has been made in the medium term capital plan for the pier stem to be refurbished.
"Although we are at an early stage, this should include new seating, new lighting, a new pier surface and repairs to the concrete structure.
“It is anticipated that work should commence during the spring of 2018.
“An initial survey has identified that some concrete repairs are required in the shorter term and we are seeking specialist advice and prices to enable these repairs to be made before the onset of winter.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
We have four editions of our Kent Homes, Gardens and Interiors magazine for you to read. Click here to view them all.