Suffolk MP joins campaign to save Shotley Pier as group nears exchanging contracts
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.”
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 Swimmers report sickness symptoms after dip in Suffolk river
- 2 A12 closed by police after serious collision
- 3 'A rut had set in and it needed to change... we will have got one or two wrong' - Cook on his Ipswich Town squad cull
- 4 Haverhill firm goes into liquidation with just £2.42 in the bank
- 5 Edmundson ruled out of opener as Cook discusses 'four, five or six' more transfers
- 6 Evans on Town's 'powerful' mantra, not shying away from favourites tag and working under Cook again
- 7 Family 'devastated' after elderly man's Reliant Robin tipped over
- 8 Olly Murs in hospital after leg injury from Newmarket Nights gig
- 9 Nearly 20,000 parking fines since council took control of enforcement
- 10 Suffolk pub reopens with exclusive Champagne carvery