The first stage of a major £1m project to protect Cromer’s famous pier is now underway.
The initial £400,000 improvements will include strengthening both the pier’s structural base, expected to be completed by early April, and the roof of the theatre, which will be finished in time for the pier’s first show of the year on March 28. Hilary Cox, district councillor for Cromer Town ward, said that North Norfolk District Council was committed to securing the long-term future of the “award-winning asset”.
Cox, who is also the council’s leisure portfolio holder, said: “These ongoing improvements to Cromer Pier show NNDC’s commitment to sustaining the future of this iconic structure, economically benefitting the whole area for tourism and employment.
“Whether you enjoy the shows, catch crabs over the side or just take a gentle stroll around the pier, these significant upgrades will enhance any experience on this award winning asset.”
The second stage of the project will cost a further £600,000 and involve significant improvement works to protect the steel columns that support the pier.
Contractors will replace some of the concrete encasements that protect the supports in the seabed in autumn this year, which will require support from divers and the use of underwater cameras.