The exciting potential for Deal Pier was discussed at a site meeting between myself and the district council leader on Friday. Council leader Cllr Keith Morris told me the £500,000 refurbishment of the pier could be complete by late summer.
Dover District Council's cabinet gave the go ahead for works at the end of last year, with resurfacing, seating replacement and concrete repairs to begin soon. The restaurant unit at the end of the pier will become a temporary café – possibly run by students from East Kent College – while a long term operator is sought.
The council wants the operator to be able to run a café offering cups of tea and snacks like bacon sandwiches for visitors and fishermen during the day, and a restaurant in the evening. North Deal Councillor Bob Frost, who has pushed for the refurbishments, joined Charlie us for discussions about the potential for the pier.
It is such an asset. It's great the council are making much-needed repairs – and I think everyone in Deal agrees it has real potential. We discussed having stalls offering food and drink during the summer. The views along the pier are simply stunning. We need to give people a greater incentive to use this fantastic asset.
Our energetic and determined new council leader has done a great job getting things moving and is clearly ambitious about what we can achieve.
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