Southend Voted Pier of the Year

Southend Pier has been named Pier of the Year 2007 by the National Piers Society, the same day a public consultation to shape its future was launched at the landward end of Pier. Gavin Henderson, president of the National Piers Society the UK’s longest pier had been chosen for the award because of its “heroic survival through fire and tempest.”

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Corporate Director of Enterprise, Tourism and the Environment, Andy Lewis said that they were ‘thrilled’ with the accolade

“Our Pier is vital to our borough, Lewis added.”This award shows the extent of its national and international impact.

“We hope the Pier’s triumph today will encourage even more people to take part in the latest phase of the consultation currently under way.

The consultation is asking local residents and Pier fans to choose their favourite of three themes – relaxed recreation, maritime and environment – for potential future developments at the seaward end of the Pier.

[via ATE online]

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