High-profile plans to build a new £100,000 roof at the front of Burnham-On-Sea’s pier have been welcomed by the public, its owner has said this week.

Louise Parkin says the plans for a 35ft retractable roof to cover the forecourt, which were first reported here, have been positively received by a majority of residents.

She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Lots of people have given us very positive feedback. Many have been coming up to me to say how lovely and modern it looks.”

“Lots of businesses have also told us they think the roof would be good for the town in helping to modernise the look of the seafront.”

New photos of the roof, pictured here, show how up to 60 seats will be positioned underneath the roof.

The owners of the building – which is famous for being the UK’s shortest pier – intend to mark its 100th anniversary this year by installing the new roof and extra lighting on the dome at an overall cost of £100,000.

Pavilion Manager Louise Parkin’s formal planning application for the scheme was submitted to Sedgemoor District Council on January 13th and is being considered by council planners as part of its normal consultation period.

“We’d 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.

The pier will also be holding a celebratory event in June involving several local Brownie packs which are also marking their centenaries this year.

Louise added that she is also hoping that local pensioners in the Burnham area who are celebrating their 100th birthdays this year will get involved.

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