Suffolk MP joins campaign to save Shotley Pier as group nears exchanging contracts

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, pictured with members of the Shotely Pier Group and community lead

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, pictured with members of the Shotely Pier Group and community leaders, during an earlier visit. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The community group hoping to save Suffolk’s only railway pier has recruited its MP has a patron.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge will be meeting again with the Shotely Pier Group in the new year, when members will take the politician for an inspection of the 123-year-old structure.

The group has been raising funds for the restoration of the pier through the Co-op’s Power to Change Community Share Booster Programme since last Christmas.

Last month, project leaders announced they were close to buying the pier, having sold shares to more than 400 people – and secured match funding through the programme.

Sally Chicken, who is a member of the group, said this week: “We still haven’t exchanged contracts but are very close.”


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The group has been working closely with Babergh District Council, which gave a £20,000 grant to the project, which was originally estimated to cost £350,000.

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