SPECIAL memories of one of Sunderland’s most iconic structures could help a consultation about its future.
As work gets under way of the restoration of the Roker Pier and lighthouse complex, the race is still on to secure extra funding to safeguard it further.
Sunderland City Council has already begun a £1.35million improvement programme – the lighthouse’s lantern house has been restored and the pier’s deck is currently being replaced.
However, it is hoped that a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £500,000 will pay for the next stage of the restoration.
To prepare for the bid, the HLF has awarded the authority £53,300 to develop detailed plans.
Central to the bid are making the site’s history and heritage more prominent and improving access to the lighthouse and to the tunnel which runs beneath the pier.
A public consultation event will be held at Roker Shelter on Marine Walk, from 2pm to 6pm next Thursday.
Penny Middleton, of Northern Archaeological Associates, who is working on the project, said: “We hope as many people as possible will turn up to the consultation event as it’s really important we understand what people think of the pier and lighthouse and how they think the area can be improved.
“In developing our plan, we need to consider the demands of those who already use the pier.
“I’d also like to invite people to bring down any old photographs they have of the pier and lighthouse, especially if anyone has any pictures of the torpedo battery built during the Second World War that’s on the end of the pier.”
An online questionnaire about the pier plans is available at www.rokerpier.co.uk