Storm damage forces the temporary closure of Southend Pier

Southend Standard: Closed - The sign greeting visitors to Southend Pier Closed - The sign greeting visitors to Southend Pier

STORM damage has forced Southend Pier to close today, Sunday February 16.

Signs have been put up on the entrance to the Pier informing visitors that storm damage has forced the temporary closure, but that they hope to reopen tomorrow, Monday February 17.

The visitor information centre is also closed, on a sunny day in with many people disappointed at not being able to walk the length of the world’s longest pleasure pier.

The high winds and heavy rain seen over the past week, which saw gusts of more than 50mph registered in Southend, have clearly taken their toll on the pier, although there are no obvious signs of damage to onlookers.

Tony Bonham, Southend RNLI commander, said: “We only found out about it this morning.

“As far as we are aware there is no major damage to the pier because we still have access to it.

“I am sure they would not want to close it on a day like this if they did not have to.”

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2:15pm Sun 16 Feb 14

tophat27dt says...

Probably the same Health and Safety officer who decided that it was too dangerous to unload Easyjet passengers on Friday night at Southend airport after landing!
Probably the same Health and Safety officer who decided that it was too dangerous to unload Easyjet passengers on Friday night at Southend airport after landing! tophat27dt
  • Score: 9

3:31pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Audioman says...

Southend Pier.
Close it down and then pull it down
dam eyesore and has been for years.
Southend Pier. Close it down and then pull it down dam eyesore and has been for years. Audioman
  • Score: -110

3:50pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well.

Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.
Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well. Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier. Joe Clark
  • Score: 47

4:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Audioman says...

No I am not against old bus planes and houses at all
but what has the pier got not a lot an you have to pay
to go on it too.still that's what I think and that goes for
lot of people by the way I do not live in Essex but many
miles away
No I am not against old bus planes and houses at all but what has the pier got not a lot an you have to pay to go on it too.still that's what I think and that goes for lot of people by the way I do not live in Essex but many miles away Audioman
  • Score: -56

4:57pm Sun 16 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Joe Clark wrote:
Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well.

Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.
I am afraid most people are indifferent to the pier, hence the low takings most of the year in fact most people I know who want it preserved never go on it.
As regards vintage vehicles nearly all are maintained and preserved at the owners expence, not the ratepayers.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well. Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.[/p][/quote]I am afraid most people are indifferent to the pier, hence the low takings most of the year in fact most people I know who want it preserved never go on it. As regards vintage vehicles nearly all are maintained and preserved at the owners expence, not the ratepayers. John Bull 40
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Sun 16 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

Joe Clark wrote:
Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well.

Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.
I am afraid most people are indifferent to the pier, hence the low takings most of the year in fact most people I know who want it preserved never go on it.
As regards vintage vehicles nearly all are maintained and preserved at the owners expence, not the ratepayers.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well. Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.[/p][/quote]I am afraid most people are indifferent to the pier, hence the low takings most of the year in fact most people I know who want it preserved never go on it. As regards vintage vehicles nearly all are maintained and preserved at the owners expence, not the ratepayers. John Bull 40
  • Score: -6

5:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

I fail to see why the residents have to pay twice. once to maintain it and then again to use it.
having said that I would be without it.
I fail to see why the residents have to pay twice. once to maintain it and then again to use it. having said that I would be without it. jolllyboy
  • Score: 24

6:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Audioman wrote:
No I am not against old bus planes and houses at all
but what has the pier got not a lot an you have to pay
to go on it too.still that's what I think and that goes for
lot of people by the way I do not live in Essex but many
miles away
You don't live in Essex, think there are a lot of people glad about that.
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: No I am not against old bus planes and houses at all but what has the pier got not a lot an you have to pay to go on it too.still that's what I think and that goes for lot of people by the way I do not live in Essex but many miles away[/p][/quote]You don't live in Essex, think there are a lot of people glad about that. John T Pharro
  • Score: 24

8:45pm Sun 16 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Thought the Pier was only open in the Summer, oh well never go on it anyway..
Thought the Pier was only open in the Summer, oh well never go on it anyway.. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -21

9:39pm Sun 16 Feb 14

echoforum says...

Your quite right!
The pier doesn't normally open until late march and closes at the end of october...so i imagine that this is just an info notice to visitors ,as us locals are aware of this
Your quite right! The pier doesn't normally open until late march and closes at the end of october...so i imagine that this is just an info notice to visitors ,as us locals are aware of this echoforum
  • Score: 6

11:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

echoforum wrote:
Your quite right!
The pier doesn't normally open until late march and closes at the end of october...so i imagine that this is just an info notice to visitors ,as us locals are aware of this
Where do people get their "facts" from clearly they make them up in their heads believing that they are true.

Winter Opening:
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday-Sunday 09.15 to 17.00

Spring hours will commence on Monday 7th April 2014 -
Monday-Friday 08.15 to 18.00
Saturday & Sunday 08.15 to 20.00

Facts NOT fiction
[quote][p][bold]echoforum[/bold] wrote: Your quite right! The pier doesn't normally open until late march and closes at the end of october...so i imagine that this is just an info notice to visitors ,as us locals are aware of this[/p][/quote]Where do people get their "facts" from clearly they make them up in their heads believing that they are true. Winter Opening: Closed Monday & Tuesday Wednesday-Sunday 09.15 to 17.00 Spring hours will commence on Monday 7th April 2014 - Monday-Friday 08.15 to 18.00 Saturday & Sunday 08.15 to 20.00 Facts NOT fiction Joe Clark
  • Score: 10

2:22am Mon 17 Feb 14

Mike Smith says...

The pier is one of the iconic attractions that Southend has to offer residents and tourists. It is important that the pier is preserved and used as a resource for years to come.
The pier is one of the iconic attractions that Southend has to offer residents and tourists. It is important that the pier is preserved and used as a resource for years to come. Mike Smith
  • Score: 12

7:31am Mon 17 Feb 14

abd123 says...

It is not only residents who pay to maintain it. Most of the money the Council spends comes from the government grant with a small percentage from council tax and so the rest of the country pay most.
It is not only residents who pay to maintain it. Most of the money the Council spends comes from the government grant with a small percentage from council tax and so the rest of the country pay most. abd123
  • Score: 4

10:26am Mon 17 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

tophat27dt wrote:
Probably the same Health and Safety officer who decided that it was too dangerous to unload Easyjet passengers on Friday night at Southend airport after landing!
there are some serious 'elf an safety muppets about, but that one's right up there...... almost as stupid as the coast guard clearing the seafront a few weeks back for a bit of spray in the road...
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: Probably the same Health and Safety officer who decided that it was too dangerous to unload Easyjet passengers on Friday night at Southend airport after landing![/p][/quote]there are some serious 'elf an safety muppets about, but that one's right up there...... almost as stupid as the coast guard clearing the seafront a few weeks back for a bit of spray in the road... pembury53
  • Score: 1

9:28pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jayman says...

Joe Clark wrote:
Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well.

Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.
it was heritage. until someone in the council found some public money to fund their pet project of a cultural (glass, sheet steel, steal frame) centre. since then.. who knows what to call it.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well. Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.[/p][/quote]it was heritage. until someone in the council found some public money to fund their pet project of a cultural (glass, sheet steel, steal frame) centre. since then.. who knows what to call it. jayman
  • Score: -1

10:54pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Joe Clark says...

jayman wrote:
Joe Clark wrote:
Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well.

Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.
it was heritage. until someone in the council found some public money to fund their pet project of a cultural (glass, sheet steel, steal frame) centre. since then.. who knows what to call it.
Modernist architecture can live side by side with heritage as has been proven:

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/local_ne
ws/10485277.Southend
_Pier_cultural_centr
e_wins_design_award/
?ref=nt
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: Sad on such a nice day (is it the first day with no rain!) hopefully it will be reopened soon as for the comment by Audioman clearly not a fan of heritage perhaps he is the type of person who is against preservation and would happily see vintage cars. buses, trains and aircraft all scrapped as well. Well there are more people who love the pier than hate it the way he does so show him just how much thumbs down him thumbs up me for fans of the pier.[/p][/quote]it was heritage. until someone in the council found some public money to fund their pet project of a cultural (glass, sheet steel, steal frame) centre. since then.. who knows what to call it.[/p][/quote]Modernist architecture can live side by side with heritage as has been proven: http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/10485277.Southend _Pier_cultural_centr e_wins_design_award/ ?ref=nt Joe Clark
  • Score: 0

8:28am Tue 18 Feb 14

southend brummie says...

Ridiculous that local residents have to pay more than £3 to walk on their pier. Like most people I wouldn't want to see it demolished, but I have never actually been on it because I don't want to be gouged. OK to charge tourists to go on the train but us residents should be allowed to walk on the pier for free. It's not as if there is actually anything on the pier these days.
Ridiculous that local residents have to pay more than £3 to walk on their pier. Like most people I wouldn't want to see it demolished, but I have never actually been on it because I don't want to be gouged. OK to charge tourists to go on the train but us residents should be allowed to walk on the pier for free. It's not as if there is actually anything on the pier these days. southend brummie
  • Score: 0

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