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57 of Britain's piers under threat

57 of Britain's piers under threat
27 Aug 2013

No fewer than 57 of the piers at Britain's seaside resorts are under threat, according to a new report.

Once the centrepiece of many towns' entertainment for visitors holidaying at home, the costs of maintaining and insuring the structures are getting out of control.

Those are the conclusions reached by the People's Piers report, which has been published by the Co-operatives UK trade association.

Jess Steele, author of the document, suggests that other piers will follow in the footsteps of Hastings Pier, which is currently being taken into community ownership.

Being situated in the sea means that piers have always suffered from the corrosive effects of sea water, but owners are failing to budget for this and other types of maintenance.

The report looked at the possible future for seaside piers and how they could be kept for the benefit of local communities.

It found that around six million people visit such places every year, showing that their popularity has not faltered.ADNFCR-408-ID-801629499-ADNFCR

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