Fresh look at Pier Approach

Posted on Friday 9th March 2018

The second phase of improvements at Pier Approach will soon be revealed.

The major transformation of the street scene on the western side of Pier Approach, has been funded from a £1.9million grant from Government’s Coastal Communities fund. This is one of 18 Dorset Coastal Connections projects which aim to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas, co-ordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. 

Cllr John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council said: “The regeneration to the west of Pier Approach is a continuation from the initial £4million investment scheme delivered in the winter of 2014/15 on the eastern side. The high-quality transformation here provides a fitting gateway to Bournemouth’s spectacular seafront.”

High quality granite paving has been installed with new street furniture and raised planting. As well as freshly landscaping the area in keeping with the eastern side, ‘leave only footprints’ is being encouraged with new semi submerged bins. These will have greater capacities for rubbish at this popular central location. Improvements and improved capacity for both rubbish and recycling provision along the seafront will also follow ahead of Bournemouth’s busy summer season.

Natalie Poulter, Dorset Coastal Connections Co-ordinator said: “We’re really pleased to see such a difference being made at Pier Approach through this part- Coastal Communities Funded project. The Council team and their contractors have worked hard this winter in some very difficult conditions, including throughout Storm Emma, and it’s great to see the Pier Approach area open in time for the busy period over Easter. I’m looking forward to seeing visitors and locals enjoy using the space as the summer season begins.”

The full extent of the improvements will be revealed on Good Friday with Pier Approach very much open for business and ready to welcome visitors, with the return of the Big Wheel and a traditional Victorian funfair in the Waterfront Arena.

Some minor elements and extra planting will follow after Easter.

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