Clacton Pier reveals reopening date after collapse
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Clacton Pier has revealed when it is likely to fully reopen to the public after part of it collapsed in stormy weather.
A section of the pier collapsed into the sea last on February 14, between Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, during work to build the foundations of the newest rollercoaster, the Looping Star.
The debris has now been cleared away and urgent repairs are now planned, with pier boss Billy Ball hoping to have much of the attraction reopened by March 29 - but no finishing date or budget for the works are finalised.
"We have discovered that carrying out the repairs may not be quite as straight forward as we initially anticipated in terms of permissions and that is all being looked into," said Mr Ball.
"A number of our outside rides - Twister, Paratrooper, Bumper Boats, Scalextric and hopefully the Go-Karts will open next Saturday and we will reopen to fishermen on the same day.
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"As always we will strive to keep our customers updated as the situation progresses."
Clacton MP Giles Watling also pledged his support for Clacton Pier and met its directors so he could see firsthand the extent of the damage done by the weather.
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Mr Ball added: "We need to get these matters resolved and any help Giles can give us to move things forward will be greatly appreciated.
"We were delighted when he agreed to come down and meet us - and we had very positive discussions."
Mr Watling was given a detailed brief of the work needed to make the pier fully operational again.
"I am quite prepared to have talks with those involved in this process to try to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays," he said.
"We do not want another situation like the West Pier at Brighton and Clacton Pier's directors really need to get on with the programme of repairs as soon as possible.
"The pier is one of Clacton's most important employers and is crucial to the holiday industry of both the town and wider Tendring District.
"We must not let this situation drag on and I will do whatever I can to help."
The Marine Management Organisation, who regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England, have also been contacted about the work to restore the pier.