Birnbeck in danger as repair order delayed

Birnbeck Pier
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North Somerset Council has dallied in issuing an ordinance to the owners of the derelict Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare to reinforce the structure against further deterioration, despite having ruled to force their hand back in March.


Legislators decided months ago to issue CNM Estates with a repairs notice, which would officially direct the pier-owning company to renovate the decaying attraction back to the state it was in when it was Grade II listed in 1983.

But four months on, and the order is still yet to be issued, with the pier deteriorating yet further in the interim.

Indeed, a section of the pier’s north jetty has already collapsed into the sea, and there are fears that another bout of stormy weather could destroy the pier structure in its entirety.

A council spokesperson said that the delay in its directive to CNM was a consequence of a necessary structural survey it had undertaken to gauge the extent of recent damage.

“We have received the survey back that will inform the notice and we are currently working through the final legalities, with Historic England, before it is issued,” Zoe Briffitt told the Bristol Post. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to send it out in the next couple of months. It may be sooner.”

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