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Storm-damaged pier to be repaired

Cromer pier
Repairs are needed to part of the pier's main supporting structure

Urgent work on a Norfolk pier damaged during winter storms has been given the go-ahead.

North Norfolk District Council has backed plans to spend 121,000 to put right the damage to Cromer Pier.

The council said it would cost another 660,000 to totally refurbish the 107-year-old structure.

A council report said the work was necessary to "maintain public confidence" and prevent the "public being put at risk".

It is estimated that about 60% of the decking and supporting timbers will have to be replaced.

Significant damage identified

A structural survey of the pier was commissioned in 2007 to identify what level of investment would be needed the safeguard the life of the pier for another 40 to 50 years.

It revealed that the pier suffered "significant damage" in the storm surge of 9 November 2007 when part of the metal structure supporting the pier decking was affected.

The council said work on the urgent repairs should be commissioned as soon as possible to allow the pier to be fully open for the summer's main holiday season.

The rest of the work will be phased over the next few years to ensure that it does not interfere with the tourist trade and performances in the Pavilion Theatre which is at the end of the pier.

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