Pier today, gone tomorrow – and rebuilt again

Coinslot Teignmouth Pier
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Redevelopment and increasing de-privatisation of piers are expected to be key topics at this year’s National Pier Society annual general meeting, says the society’s honorary secretary Dr Anya Chapman.Coinslot Pier Society AGM


The weekend-long event is taking place from 16 – 18 June in the seaside town of Torquay. As the British pier is increasingly coming under ownership from charities and public trusts, calls are growing for rebuilding and redevelopment.

“Some piers in the UK are hoping to be rebuilt, and there’s currently campaigns for places like Withernsea and Hunstanton,” Chapman said.

Chapman also expects some discussion on the future of amusement arcades on piers against the backdrop of de-privatisation.

“Increasingly a number of piers are coming under trust ownership, and you very rarely find amusement arcades on these types of piers.

“But I’m sure the arcades are going to be a topic for discussion because obviously there are still a lot of piers with arcades on them, but whether they all survive is another matter.”

Attendees will also be treated to a tour of Torbay’s three piers: Torquay, Teignmouth, and Painton piers, the latter two recently refurbished.

“The main business is the meeting on the Saturday and the rest of it is just a hell of a lot of fun,” Chapman added.

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