Are you sitting comfortably? - then let the pier revamp show begin
PUBLISHED: 11:51 19 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 19 October 2017
Are you sitting comfortably? If not, you soon will be.
For better seating - inside and outside - is promised as part of a new 10-year contract to manage and improve Cromer Pier.
Residents of the seaside town can also expect to see their much-loved landmark carefully renovated in some areas, to ensure that the pier can continue to be a success in years to come.
Work will begin with improvements to the roof and ventilation of the Pavilion Theatre.
Pier owner North Norfolk District Council has confirmed it will be setting aside half a million pounds for the work.
Those who enjoy sitting outside and watching the sea are in for a treat, as on-going work could provide better outdoor seating, with wind barriers to shelter visitors.
The pier could also be better used at night, as it is hoped lighting in the decking of the pier will be fully installed, as well as the replacement of two lamps in the pier’s forecourt.
Other works will be taking place beneath the pier, such as work to replace the sewerage system, to make sure it will continue to function safely.
The council will also discuss the idea of improving the seating inside the Pavilion Theatre - both updating the current seating and adding more to the theatre.
A further idea will be making the seating changeable, so that smaller table-like arrangements can be put in so that the theatre can be used for comedy club nights, and other community events.
The new - and old - manager of the pier is Openwide, which won the right to continue overseeing the facility by beating five rival bidders.
Managing director Steve Cutbush confirmed that the organisation would also be investing its own funds into projects on the pier. He said: “We’re putting our money where our mouth is, we want to make this a success.”
Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “We are tremendously proud to be custodians of Cromer Pier on behalf of the people of North Norfolk and the many tourists that come here every year.
“The pier has always been an iconic structure, and keeping the ambiance and character of this asset is vital to North Norfolk.”