We had an interesting question from Brian: “Hi – please advise if the original pier had buildings, such as proposed, on it. Thanks and regards.” We are not sure if many people remember the old fish stall that used to be at the land end of the pier, so here is the information.
The pier was owned by the Polden family, Pat Polden being well remembered in the area as a commercial fisherman. His widow and daughter are active supporters of our plans, and have shared their family photos with us to show you.
Pat used to land his catch at the hammerhead, and his wife and daughter sold the fish at the stall at the pavement end, some 650 feet away. Amazingly low food miles from catch to sale !
Their fish stall was partly on the pavement, partly on the pier as there were no platforms to the side.
This wouldn’t be appropriate for our proposed buildings, partly because the pavement is now adopted by Highways Authority. But the main reason is that we want to keep the pier clear for walking on. The lapsed planning permission for platforms either side was a key part of how we develop community access at the same time as providing facilities at the pier.