New Southport MP's 'night and day' pier pledge to town

Southport MP Patrick Hurley
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Newly appointed Southport MP Patrick Hurley made a pledge to the town's residents about the future of Southport Pier.

Speaking to the ECHO after finding out he had won his seat, beating Conservative candidate, and previous MP, Damien Moore to the position, he revealed he will work "night and day" to get the iconic attraction open to the public.

Southport Pier is the second longest in the UK and is a renowned historical asset. It was closed by Sefton Council in 2022 on the advice of engineers after a period of extreme weather.

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Subsequent analysis of the pier's structure determined the popular attraction was no longer safe to use and has been closed off for the last two years. During this period, local residents and visitors have been eager for the pier to reopen whilst many local business owners are depending on it for survival.

In the hope of establishing a pathway forward and to assess the full scope of repairs to Southport Pier, Sefton Council commissioned AE Yates to conduct an investigation into the pier's structural integrity at a cost of £400,000 - this work was later subcontracted to Thomason Partnership Limited.

The pier, which remains shut almost two years on from the initial closure, is in the crosshairs of the new MP, with him telling the ECHO: "On the pier, it's a local authority owned structure, we're going to be implementing as soon as we can a fair funding formula for local authorities so that local councillors, when they get to the town hall, no longer need to make a heart-rending decision and heart-rending choice, for instance between childhood mental health support and funding the repairs and maintenance of the pier.

"We're going to be hopefully looking to see what we can do to allow councillors to do it all. The commitment I'll make is that I'll be working night and day to get it reopened."

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