Birnbeck Pier owner served repairs notice

Birnbeck Pier

A repairs notice has been served to the private owner of Weston’s derelict Birnbeck Pier.

North Somerset Council, working with Historic England, has exhausted all other options to encourage the owner – CNM Estates – to improve the condition of the historic pier.

Structural engineers have been working on site for the last five months to establish what needs to be done to bring the pier back to the condition it was when it was listed in 1983.

The repairs notice is a swift and effective tool for alerting a proprietor of their statutory duties to repair and maintain the property they own.

The owner has a minimum of two months to respond to the notice.  If that time limit expires without a response, the council will then agree a future course of action with relevant parties.

Birnbeck Pier is Grade II* listed with five further Grade II structures and buildings located on the island and the inward end of the site.

These include the….

  • entrance gates and turnstiles
  • clock tower
  • toll house lodge
  • north jetty
  • lifeboat house and slipway.

It was designed by noted Victorian engineer Eugenius Birch. Construction took place between 1862 and 1867, with the foundation stone laid in 1864.

It opened to the public from 1866 but closed to the public in 1994 for safety reasons. The RNLI left in 2013 after 131 years on the pier.