The original entrance to the pier, known locally as the sandcastle, is still there, but once you go through it there are only steps down to the beach. We aim to build the pier in three sections, starting with a kind of platform or balcony to give a purpose to the Pier Towers and create a focal point for residents and visitors. It will also provide a platform for promoting the project and raising funds to complete the rest of the pier. The second stage will be ten forty foot sections that will ensure that the end of the pier will be in water even at low tide. Stage three will be the pier head containing a fishing platform under the deck and a renewable energy centre to demonstrate forms of renewable energy. There will be a wind turbine and solar panels on the roof and a wave and tidal generation system installed under the pier. It is hoped that schools could use the centre for research, as well as providing views of the windfarms offshore on this coast, and a cafe too of course.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our plan will restore one of only two piers on this coast. It will be a visitor attraction which will give a much needed boost to our towns other businesses, shops, cafes etc. It will provide sea views to people with mobility issues as at present there is a large sea wall on the promenade which you cannot see over if you are in a wheelchair. In the final stage it will provide an important research and educational tool for schools and universities interested in environmentally friendly power generation.
Steps to get it done:
Withernsea, like a lot of small seaside towns, has suffered economically since the closure of the railways in the 60's and struggles to attract visitors who often choose to go to the larger towns up the coast, Hornsea and Bridlington. Having the pier back would give the town a unique attraction and a much needed boost to local businesses.
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