Sorry folks no mooring

Yarmouth Pier on the Isle of Wight is to close on 3 December for restoration work to begin.

The pier will be closed to marine craft and pedestrian visitors while the work takes place.

The pier will be re-opened by Alan Titchmarsh on the morning of Saturday 26 April 2008. A weekend of celebratory events will take place after the official opening.

The work is to replace 54 piles supporting the pier that have been destroyed by Gribble worms, which have been eating into the piles over the past 20 years.

Walcon Marine have been appointed contractors to undertake the piling operations. Large engineering barges required to undertake these operations are due to arrive on site in early December. Vessels are requested to keep well clear of the area during the piling operations.

Yarmouth Harbour Master Chris Lisher said: “Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generosity of local and mainland individuals and companies, the work on the pier can now commence.

“The Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners regret the pier closure but it is necessary to allow the contractors clear access to the site, for the safety of all those involved and the potential unsafe nature of the pier during the actual works.”