“Fresh ideas” call for Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier new strategy call
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A North Norfolk Councillor has called for a new strategy to fund the town’s “jewel in the crown” Cromer Pier, after the council confirmed it will cost £2.7m to maintain the landmark between 2022 and 2025.

 

Calling for “fresh ideas” on financing schemes, Cllr Gerard Mancini-Boyle urged the council to consider a range of proposals to ensure the future of the Grade II-listed landmark is protected.

“I’d like to go on record and say I’m not actually a pier hater, I actually quite like the thing,” Mancini-Boyle told North Norfolk News. “However, I think a fresh set of eyes and new ideas, to go out to some sort of consultation with local entrepreneurs or international or the whole of the country is needed, to come up with some ideas.”

“We want to keep the thing but we also don’t want to keep losing money especially in these difficult times.”

The pier is a major tourist attraction, and hosts the last remaining end-of-the-pier show at the Pavilion Theatre, however the 120-year-old structure costs a significant amount to maintain.

“It is an intractable problem, but it’s the jewel in the crown,” said portfolio holder for finance and assets Cllr Eric Seward, “we’ve got to keep it there.”


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