North Somerset Council has warned it is “extremely concerned” about the future of Birnbeck Pier, following the controversial transfer of the Grade II*- listed landmark between owners CNM Estates and a newly-created holding company.
The authority confirmed that its plan remains to instigate a CPO on the pier to secure the crumbling structure for the RNLI, however it added the longer the pier remains in private hands the further its condition could deteriorate.
“Despite the recent change of ownership to another company, the pier is still owned by the same individual who’s been in possession of it for the last decade,” NSC leader Don Davies told The Bristol Post. “The same individual who’s allowed this historic jewel to crumble into the sea.”
“We continue to be extremely concerned about the perilous state of Birnbeck Pier and we’re unconvinced that the owner has the capacity to undertake the required restoration needed. We shall press ahead with the CPO, with the support of Historic England, to bring the RNLI back to the island and restore the pier and public access to this much-loved site.”
The pier is now owned by Birnbeck Holdings Limited, headed by CNM chair Wahid Samady, after the developer was ordered by the High Court last year to find a buyer before 22 January.