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Concept plans for the future of South Parade Pier have been released that show the new owners ambition for the future of the historic Portsmouth landmark.

Concept ideas released last week include a big wheel, zip wire, a roof-top restaurant, new seating area to take in the panoramic Solent views, and new moorings for visitors to the area.

Local community Facebook page, The People’s plan for Southsea, recently posed the question “Would you like a Portsmouth Wheel on Southsea Common/Seafront” YES or NO?”, with the the overwhelming majority of comments being positivity yes, and with the added suggestion of situating the wheel on South Parade Pier.

Donna Jones leader of Portsmouth City Council has asked the question "Would you like a Portsmouth Wheel on Southsea common / Seafront / Pier?" YES or NO

 

Now it seems that the idea could become a future reality. Speaking to Team Locals, South Parade Pier director Tommy Ware said: “We are all really excited by the concept plans that have been drawn up. We presented the images to the leader of the council Donna Jones last week and she was also really excited by the ideas.

“We are also looking to create a destination that can be used all-year-round and not just as a seasonal landmark. When completed, the pier will benefit the whole of the seafront and hopefully kickstart the rejuvenation of this historic area.”

Mr. Ware went on to confirm that the right-side walkway of the pier leading to the rear viewing platform could also be reopened in time for this summer’s Portsmouth America’s Cup World Series, allowing the public to walk along the pier and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Solent and Southsea beach.

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The latest round of essential engineering works to the pier are expected to be completed at the end of June 2015, at which point an application will be made to Portsmouth Courts for an amendment to the order for use of the external decking areas, allowing the public access to the pier sides.

Southsea resident and local business owner Nicole Geddes of Manic Stage Productions, said: “As a local resident I think the plans look amazing — I’d really love to see the concepts put into action. It looks like the pier has the potential to be a fantastic entertainment venue once again, as it was in past!”

The concept plans, and exciting recent redevelopment milestones from South Parade Pier Ltd, point towards the Grade-II listed pier having a fruitful future that the local community can be proud of.

To date since the new ownership purchase was completed in early January 2015, in the region of one-million pounds has already been spent on the dilapidated landmark — with the majority of these funds spent on securing the structural safety of the pier.

In April 2015 another major milestone was reached by South Parade Pier Ltd when the front awnings — closed off for safety by Portsmouth City Council back in early 2014 — were removed, allowing the public to walk unobstructed along the promenade, and enabling two concessions shops to open at the front of the pier.

South Parade Pier Ltd are still looking for the local community to engage with ideas for the future of the pier. For more information check www.southparadepier.net

Concept designs for the pier were drawn up by Rockit Design and South Parade Pier LTD.

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