First look at Burnham-On-Sea pier's £100,000 seafront makeover
is how Burnham-On-Sea's pier will look later this year after a
£100,000 overhaul of the landmark.
first reported here
yesterday that the owners of the seafront landmark - which is
famous for being the UK's shortest pier - intend to mark its 100th
anniversary by installing a 35ft retractable roof over its forecourt
plus new lighting. The
new roof itself will cost £60,000 alongside £40,000
of other improvements.
Manager Louise Parkin said a formal planning application for the
scheme was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council on Monday (January
are intending to remove our existing conservatory and replace
it with a high-tech retractable roof covering the whole of the
forecourt. When closed, it will blend in perfectly with the existing
building," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
will be two roofs, measuring around 35ft by 15ft, which will retract
into our current dome. It will make a huge difference and will
allow more rides and seating to be introduced on our forecourt
which will be protected from bad weather."
of the changes will be the introduction of new lighting to replace
the existing flashing bulbs on the building. Louise explained:
"The Pavilion has a very iconic roof and we want to protect
and enhance it by outlining the shape with white lighting. We're
talking with several lighting specialists at the moment because
we don't want the new look to be gaudy or ugly. It needs to be
elegant - we definitely don't want a Blackpool look."
like to get approval in February and then install the new system
in the Spring ready for Easter and the start of the new holiday
season," added Louise.
pier will also be holding a celebratory event in June involving
several local Brownie packs which are also marking their centenaries
added that she is also hoping that local pensioners in the Burnham
area who are celebrating their 100th birthdays this year will