Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

Thousands flock to Argus website to read about future of Brighton's crumbling West Pier

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The Argus saw a recordbreaking day on Tuesday when almost 100,000 visitors flocked to the paper’s website to read about the future of the West Pier.

The website had 96,378 unique visitors and 356,363 page views – the most online readers ever and only the third time in history the site has attracted more than 300,000.

The skeletal wreck of the West Pier standing on its last legs after taking a battering in a storm was one of the most read stories.


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Michael Beard, editor of The Argus, said: “This shows that The Argus is more than a newspaper.”

Now questions have been raised about the future of the West Pier.

In an online poll of nearly 3,000 readers of The Argus,21% are in favour of demolition, 36% are in favour of letting nature take its course and 43% are in favour of reconstruction.

The topic also sparked a frenzy and comments online.

Reader Jamieslacker wrote: “The pier should be rebuilt, exactly to the same specifications of the original.”

A storm at the end of 2002 saw the collapse of a corner of the Concert Hall, before two arsons destroyed the Pavilion and Concert Hall in 2003, leaving only the ruined structure.

User SchroderC said: “The day the ruins fell into the sea was a long time coming. A shameful reminder of what could have been.”

The first pier constructed in Brighton, the Royal Suspension Chain pier, was also washed away by storms after it became derelict.

And online reader Richada said: “Much as I support heritage in many forms, I do feel that we have to move on now.

“The West Pier, as we knew it, is beyond saving, under any circumstances this would be a new build project.”

The only current restoration plan hinges on the i360 project – which plans to repair part of the pier in conjunction with building a 175-metre tall observation tower.

Rachael Clark, chief executive of the West Pier Trust, said: “Since the pier was burned down in the arson attack and the Heritage Lottery Funding removed it has been inevitable that it would collapse.

“It is very interesting to hear the viewsof the public. But outside of the i360 it’s hard to imagine any investment interest.

"We have been exploring the idea of a new West Pier following the i360 becoming unconditional.”

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10:13am Fri 7 Feb 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Oh right. Some emotional blackmail creeping in here from that despised West Pier Trust to try to get public opinion kneejerkingly, naively hopefully onside for the £36m loan by any chance? No chance.
Oh right. Some emotional blackmail creeping in here from that despised West Pier Trust to try to get public opinion kneejerkingly, naively hopefully onside for the £36m loan by any chance? No chance. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: -1

10:27am Fri 7 Feb 14

Bugzy84 says...

"But outside of the i360 it’s hard to imagine any investment interest."

what investment interest has been in the i360?
The government are paying for most of it from what I understand.
Also, will tower be operating during weather like we have had most of this winter? I can imagine it will beat any ride Thorpe Park has to offer.
Wasn't there a developer that was willing to build a completely brand new pier with a concert hall and exhibit venue a while back?
"But outside of the i360 it’s hard to imagine any investment interest." what investment interest has been in the i360? The government are paying for most of it from what I understand. Also, will tower be operating during weather like we have had most of this winter? I can imagine it will beat any ride Thorpe Park has to offer. Wasn't there a developer that was willing to build a completely brand new pier with a concert hall and exhibit venue a while back? Bugzy84
  • Score: 4

10:32am Fri 7 Feb 14

stir up says...

Stop knocking the West Pier Trust, where were all the critics when it started to collapse I cannot remember any of them putting their money where their mouths are. At least the trust is trying to do something to at least maintain the memory of the pier and al least save some small parts of the land based buildings. Do stop moaning and try to give the trust some positive support.
Valantine Paynter at least the trust is doing something what are you doing but moan. i wonder how long you have lived in Brighton I used to go on the pier as long ago as 1950 once it reopened after the war.
Stop knocking the West Pier Trust, where were all the critics when it started to collapse I cannot remember any of them putting their money where their mouths are. At least the trust is trying to do something to at least maintain the memory of the pier and al least save some small parts of the land based buildings. Do stop moaning and try to give the trust some positive support. Valantine Paynter at least the trust is doing something what are you doing but moan. i wonder how long you have lived in Brighton I used to go on the pier as long ago as 1950 once it reopened after the war. stir up
  • Score: -5

10:33am Fri 7 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Argus, I've told you before......self praise is no recommendation. Under one thousand is NOT quote "thousands".
Argus, I've told you before......self praise is no recommendation. Under one thousand is NOT quote "thousands". Martin999
  • Score: 6

11:16am Fri 7 Feb 14

hovian says...

The fact that "thousands" of people read this story is not a news story - it's PR and simply the Argus blowing its own trumpet as it increasingly loses the battle to cover local issues in any substantial depth to the Brighton and Hove Independent which is slowly and surely pushing into territory the Argus used to cover so well before it became part of a big multi-national group. The number of trivial stories in the Argus beggars belief - B&H Independent will continue to increase circulation as a result - and good luck to them.... I expect this comment will be removed...!
The fact that "thousands" of people read this story is not a news story - it's PR and simply the Argus blowing its own trumpet as it increasingly loses the battle to cover local issues in any substantial depth to the Brighton and Hove Independent which is slowly and surely pushing into territory the Argus used to cover so well before it became part of a big multi-national group. The number of trivial stories in the Argus beggars belief - B&H Independent will continue to increase circulation as a result - and good luck to them.... I expect this comment will be removed...! hovian
  • Score: 4

11:27am Fri 7 Feb 14

Spx says...

If you want to get rid of something give it to the West Pier Trust, but be prepared to wait!
If you want to get rid of something give it to the West Pier Trust, but be prepared to wait! Spx
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

hovian wrote:
The fact that "thousands" of people read this story is not a news story - it's PR and simply the Argus blowing its own trumpet as it increasingly loses the battle to cover local issues in any substantial depth to the Brighton and Hove Independent which is slowly and surely pushing into territory the Argus used to cover so well before it became part of a big multi-national group. The number of trivial stories in the Argus beggars belief - B&H Independent will continue to increase circulation as a result - and good luck to them.... I expect this comment will be removed...!
I hope not. Pay attention Argus.........you have lost the plot.
[quote][p][bold]hovian[/bold] wrote: The fact that "thousands" of people read this story is not a news story - it's PR and simply the Argus blowing its own trumpet as it increasingly loses the battle to cover local issues in any substantial depth to the Brighton and Hove Independent which is slowly and surely pushing into territory the Argus used to cover so well before it became part of a big multi-national group. The number of trivial stories in the Argus beggars belief - B&H Independent will continue to increase circulation as a result - and good luck to them.... I expect this comment will be removed...![/p][/quote]I hope not. Pay attention Argus.........you have lost the plot. Martin999
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

Stir up, If you are going to respond to someone's comment at least get their name right. Also the fact that you walked on the pier in 1950 impresses no one.
Stir up, If you are going to respond to someone's comment at least get their name right. Also the fact that you walked on the pier in 1950 impresses no one. Martin999
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Fri 7 Feb 14

season says...

R Clark, and her crony's have had all the money out the trust i bet......
R Clark, and her crony's have had all the money out the trust i bet...... season
  • Score: 3

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