Roker Pier to close over the summer to allow for revamp works

Picture by Glenn Potts

Picture by Glenn Potts

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SUNDERLAND’S historic Roker Pier will shut over the summer to allow for refurbishment works.

Sunderland City Council has announced a second phase of work will begin in mid-June and will be completed by the winter.

Work will include below-water repairs to the foundations of the pier, repointing areas of the pier walls and renewing the concrete pier deck.

Council chiefs said closing from the middle of June will mean work can be done more quickly than in the winter months, when weather conditions are less favourable.

Cabinet Secretary Councillor Mel Speding said: “I’m sure them many people and groups who regularly use Roker Pier will be pleased it will remain open longer than expected.

“Unfortunately we can’t avoid disruption if we are to return the Pier to something like its former glory, but hopefully we can minimise it as much as possible.”

He added: “The work is to protect and preserve historic Roker Pier for future generations to enjoy, with more than a century of high seas and storms taking a structural toll on the popular, historic landmark.”

Coun Speding said work on the pier’s concrete deck would be in keeping with its existing original cobbled patterned design.

Plans to refurbish the railings are also in place to go-ahead once funding becomes available, as part of the third phase of refurbishment planned for 2015.