Southport Pier ‘rotten from within’ new photos show

20th December 2023

Images released from exploratory works taking place on Southport Pier have once again reaffirmed the decision to temporarily close the structure.

Extensive exploratory and invasive investigative works are currently taking place on the iconic Southport Pier to assess what needs to be done to safely reopen it.

Sefton Council have published sobering images provided by contractor A E Yates which show significant holes and erosion in the Pier’s steelwork as well as the damage to the decking boards.

The exploratory works are taking place in stages and are progressing on schedule as Sefton Council continues to seek a long term funding solution for the capital works and ongoing maintenance required.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “If there is anyone out there who still believes the Pier should not currently be closed then these images will make them think again.

“Our contractors A E Yates have been superb in carrying out these exploratory works and without them extensively removing the decking boards, we would not be able to see the shocking level of damage to the steelwork.

“As everyone can see this is by no means a small task and I want to thank A E Yates for their work so far. It gives us an even better understanding of the current structural integrity of the Pier.