The ongoing plea for funding for repairs to Southport Pier has seen Sefton Council speak to various organisations at both a regional and a national level.
Sefton Council revealed some of the bodies they have approached for funding at the recent full Sefton Council meeting.
After Labour Ainsdale councillor Janet Harrison asked who the council has spoken to about potential funding and support, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills Cllr Marion Atkinson replied: “The council has and continues to have dialogue with The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and The Cities and Local Growth Unit in Central Government, and The National Pier Society, with meetings arranged with Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund.
“The council are willing to engage with any partners or organisations with regards to funding and the future of Southport Pier.”
Last week, the local authority published two structural surveys into the condition of the landmark structure.
Officers also published a series of responses to important questions put forward by local people.
Over 160 years old and more than 1.1km long, the iconic structure was closed for safety reasons by the council on explicit advice from structural engineers, after extreme weather in December 2022 accelerated the current issues within the Pier’s decking.
Last week, Cllr Atkinson reiterated Sefton Council’s determination to reopen Southport Pier, saying: “We have a clear plan for the more than £13 million of work that’s expected to be needed to take place, ready to start once funding is secured.”
A digital hub has been created at www.sefton.gov.uk/SouthportPier where a set of frequently asked questions address some of the enquiries from residents, visitors and businesses.