Following a month of storms, rain, and damage to the site’s decking area, rides on Clacton Pier are to reopen.
Clacton Pier staff worked in all weathers to reopen some rides for the weekend gone and more will be coming online over the next couple of weekends.
Bosses at the Pier successfully applied for a licence from government body, the Marine Management Organisation, last week to complete the clear-up of the debris following the collapse of a small section of concrete decking on February 14.
The next step is to apply for a licence to carry out repairs in preparation for the Looping Star roller coaster to be sited there, now likely to be much later in the year.
Nigel Brown, communications manager at the Pier, said it had been a very challenging month in many ways.
“Three storms, almost continual rain as well as the collapse have certainly put the pressure on and it has been a very difficult time for the staff involved in that department of the business,” he said.
“They have worked long hours in difficult conditions to try to get the rides up and running.
“The team has done fantastically well, and we truly thank them for all their efforts – it has been a very trying situation all round.”
There has been no fishing from the end of the Pier due to some of the storm damage, but that area is expected to reopen on Wednesday (March 4) at 9am.
“The directors have spent the whole time outside working with the technical services team and it has literally been all hands on deck,” added Mr Brown.
“Our inside attractions – such as the soft play, golf, bowling, amusements and seaquarium – have really come into their own and the support of our customers has helped the business through this difficult time.
“We are now looking ahead to Easter when we plan to have the new Log Flume in use.”
Mr Brown said that every effort has been made to keep customers informed of the situation and that will continue.
“We thank them for their patience and understanding over what has been a real nightmare of a month.”