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New clock and electronic screen for second phase of £1.1 million renovation of Deal Pier

Deal Pier will have a new art deco style clock and an electronic information screen for phase two of its renovation.

This next stage in the overall £1.1 million project is now getting underway.

Artist's impression of Deal Pier with new clock and information screen. Picture: Dover District Council (16359420)
Artist's impression of Deal Pier with new clock and information screen. Picture: Dover District Council (16359420)

The pier will also have new lighting in this round of work, which totals £600,000.

The clock at the entrance is specially commissioned from from leading clockmakers, Smith of Derby.

Work will also include the installation of an electronic public information screen showcasing Deal and the area.

There will also be new LED lighting to frame the pier structure while minimizing energy consumption.

The latest tasks will also include refurbishments to shelters, general painting and repairs, the replacement of the CCTV system and concrete repairs to the structure.

The distinct statue at the entrance to Deal Pier, Embracing the Sea by Jon Buck
The distinct statue at the entrance to Deal Pier, Embracing the Sea by Jon Buck

There are also plans for new banners at the entrance, subject to planning permission.

Work has already started on replacing electrical cabling and equipment in the pier entrance canopy.

Scaffolding was put up at the pier entrance building last Friday to provide access to renew windows and make general repairs.

The pier is expected to stay open throughout these latest works.

Work done for the first phase included renewing the seating, replacing the pier surfacing, repainting the metalwork, renewing the gas main and refurbishing the pumped draining system.

The renewed seating for the first phase of the work, pictured last December
The renewed seating for the first phase of the work, pictured last December

That phase, costing £500,000 was announced last year following the celebration of Deal Pier’s Diamond Anniversary in November 2017.

Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Dover District Councilcabinet member for environment and commercial services said: “Deal Pier is the jewel in the crown of Deal Seafront, and is a popular site for local people and visitors.

"We are delighted to continue to invest in upgrading this fantastic amenity, to provide an enhanced visitor experience, and to make it fit for the next 60 years."

For more information on Deal Pier, please see the Deal Pier pages on the DDC website.

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