Protect Our Pier from commercial over development

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Alastair McCraw
Alastair McCraw signed this petition

We call on the directors of Shotley Community Heritage Benefit Society Ltd to drop their appeal against Babergh District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a large-scale commercial development to build a café, seating for 84 people, a workshop, offices and a visitor centre, on Shotley’s Victorian pier, and instead put in a new, smaller planning application designed to protect the future of our pier and focus on just restoring the pier, with small kiosks on the end to generate funds for the renovated pier’s maintenance and secure future.

The original intention of restoring the pier was so that generations to come could gently stroll down the pier and enjoy the unspoilt view down the river Stour, with benches and Victorian style lighting, and angling off the far end. Restoring the pier with a couple of kiosks, would require far less funding than the £3million estimated for the large scale commercial development, which would obliterate a treasured view over a RSPB protected area and inside the recently proposed AONB extension. The cafe etc would be in direct competition to local businesses, and also create car parking issues, and the harm would substantially outweigh whatever benefit claimed. 

See how the view would be affected...