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Locals say Deal Pier's new surface is not up to scratch

By Eleanor Perkins

Scratch marks and brightly coloured drains have led to criticism of the new surface of Deal Pier.

The landmark reopened on Saturday after more than a month following completion of a new gas main stretching 300 metres.

The gas works were required in addition to ongoing work which is part of the pier’s £500,000 refurbishment.

Residents are not pleased with the finish of the new surface (3595360)
Residents are not pleased with the finish of the new surface (3595360)

But eagle-eyed residents are not pleased with the standard on show and have taken to social media blasting it “unattractive” and “a waste of money”.

Chairman of the Deal Society, David White, agrees.

He said: “It’s got scratch marks on it which appear to be from the contractors removing their machinery and the drain covers are a bizarre colour.

"They’re very garish.

The new surface appears scratched by machinery (3595356)
The new surface appears scratched by machinery (3595356)

"It does need some rectification but I think that should be done after the tourist season because we’ve lost use of the pier for quite long enough.”

The concerns have been voiced to cabinet member for corporate property, Cllr Trevor Bartlett, who has confirmed he is looking into the matter.

The new drains on Deal Pier have been branded "garish" (3595350)
The new drains on Deal Pier have been branded "garish" (3595350)

A DDC spokesman said: “The council’s contractor has undertaken significant works at his expense to the asphalt surfacing to improve the quality of finish.

"The main aim has of course been to get the pier open as quickly as possible.

"Final approval of the works is subject to further checks over the next few weeks once the finish has weathered, and if further localised repair work is needed this will be instructed.”

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