Plans revealed for new Isle of Sheppey piers

Plans revealed for new Isle of Sheppey piers
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The chair of Queenborough Harbour Trust has unveiled new plans to build two new piers on the Isle of Sheppey, recreating the Flushing and Wildfire Piers which once framed the harbour.

 

Des Cross stated the multi-million pound project would “breathe new life into the town” and allow 24-hour access to the sea, while creating a safe haven for yachts by connecting the ends of both piers with a walkway.

“It will be the first new pier to be built in England for many years and will retell the stories and recapture the essence of the old piers,” Cross told Kent Online.

“To make this happen, there are many hurdles to overcome in terms of approvals, design, funding and construction. However, all of these are surmountable with enough determination, planning and support.”

As a first stage, Cross has encouraged local residents to submit images of the former piers, stating “we are interested in those which aren’t in the public domain, which might be in people’s photo albums or stashed in the attic.”

He added that if public support for the project is significant, he will step down from Queenborough Harbour Trust in order to concentrate on the proposals.

“To ensure it pushes ahead I need to establish a managing group or committee and a new trust so it has energy, ideas, knowledge and continuity.”


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