New plans submitted for West Pier

New plans have been submitted to ensure that the West Pier is looking its best in time for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Details are being outlined for how the historic pier will look cared for and tidy, ready for thousands of visitors in 2020 – with all of its cobbles in situ.

The plans will complement work which has already taken place to restore the famous Mayflower Steps.

The refurbished portico will be reinstated, existing seating and bins will replaced, the pier walls and surface will be pressure washed, and vegetation removed.  New flags will fly above the restored portico.

Access for people with disabilities and parents with prams will also be improved by providing dropped kerbs and a smoother route across the cobbles.

Council leader Tudor Evans OBE said: “We’ve listened. We know people were worried about losing the cobbles and I will ensure that they remain.

“We have literally gone back to the drawing board. The structural work still needs to be done but given the complexity of the scheme, and the need to ensure that the pier is open to the public during the Mayflower Commemorations, we plan to do that work in 2021 after they have finished. “