Up to £4m in council tax may be invested in improvements to a pier in Essex nearly four years after it was partly destroyed by fire.
A pub, gift shop and takeaway on Southend Pier were destroyed in the October 2005 blaze.
Southend Borough Council hopes to secure grants of £4m for the rejuvenation of the pier and will match the funding from its own budget.
Initially, the council had hoped a private firm would provide the money.
However, because of the recession such funds have not been forthcoming.
At 1.34 miles (2.16km), Southend Pier - opened in 1889 - is one of the longest pleasure piers in the world.