Bognor Pier owners respond to fears that the pier will "fall through"

One local described the state of the pier as "shocking".

Owners of Bognor Pier have responded to allegations that the pier is in dangerous condition following a photo emerging of a beam that had been forcefully removed from it's structure. 

The photo shows the sea beneath a hole in the pier, sparking fear from locals, with one commenting that they worry that they will "fall through it." 

But the Bognor Pier Leisure Limited, who are responsible for looking after the pier, have insisted that there are "continual maintenance and repairs" carried out on the beloved Bognor pastime. 

John Ayers, the director of the company, continued: "We have an annual survey carried out by a Structural Engineering company. 

"There survey reports are submitted to the council regularly. The last survey was in July 2022."

Ayers also confirmed that the next phase of work on the pier is about to begin to replace the old decking.

The Bognor Pier Trust as well as Deputy Mayor Cllr Matt Stanley are amongst those campaigning for the pier's restoration, but their pleas have been stalled by it's private ownership. 

"Like all privately owned piers, Bognor Regis Pier is not eligible for restoration funding or grants. Therefore, any maintenance or restoration work has to be funded from the Pier's income." 

The trust added that the best way to support the Pier is to "visit the many attractions" that it offers, as the more it's used, more is invested in it's maintenance. 

However, one pier fan giggled that the use of a 'wet floor sign' was one of the "greatest..in history". 

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