As you may know, we have had to close the Pier because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Between April and June, we would normally welcome between 20,000 and 25,000 visitors – depending on the weather, which would bring us income of between £60,000 and £70,000 to help fund our critical maintenance programme. We are now faced with the complete loss of this income.
We have been working hard to reduce our outgoings. All our paid staff have been placed on furlough, which means that they will be paid from the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The volunteer directors will be picking up all essential tasks. We are cutting all events, projects and plans but certain bills will still need to be paid – such as electricity to light up the Pier for shipping and insurance for this Grade 1 listed structure.
Whilst the Pier is in forced hibernation the relentless onslaught of wind and tide will continue. Indeed, we still need to identify and make good any damage done to the structure by the recent winter storms. We now need your support in these exceptional times and any donation you make will be a great help.