Goodbye to the West Pier columns

Goodbye to the West Pier columns

Workmen move in on West Pier columns

Workmen move in on West Pier columns

Workmen move in on West Pier columns

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IT IS goodbye as the nearly 150-year-old columns standing at the seaside end of the West Pier have been ripped up by construction workers.

Workmen using heavy machinery moved in yesterday to begin dismantling the structure and removing the iconic cast iron pillars which stand opposite the gutted pier from the beach.

It was revealed last Friday by the West Pier Trust that the columns were to be removed and placed into storage.

The pieces of the structure will be used in the redevelopment of the area in conjunction with the i360 project.

Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, tweeted “The pillars will appear as part of the landscaping in a sculptural way.”

Work began on Monday as contractors carried out the groundwork needed for the move.
Rachel Clark, chief executive of the West Pier Trust, assured people that the seaward structure will remain unchanged.

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4:54pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

Mmmm, storage, does that mean selling them to Drew Pritchard of Salvage Hunters? I seem to remember a lot of the pier has gone his way, it's now decorating expensive houses on the continent.
Mmmm, storage, does that mean selling them to Drew Pritchard of Salvage Hunters? I seem to remember a lot of the pier has gone his way, it's now decorating expensive houses on the continent. Man of steel
  • Score: 30

5:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Not much of a story. But I suppose it provides "column" inches.
Sorry, I'll get my coat.
Not much of a story. But I suppose it provides "column" inches. Sorry, I'll get my coat. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 21

5:47pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
Not much of a story. But I suppose it provides "column" inches.
Sorry, I'll get my coat.
This made me laugh, but Man Of Steels comment is far more pertinent; a lot of the expensive fittings from the West Pier, despite apparently being placed in 'storage', seemed to have grown-legs and disappeared..
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: Not much of a story. But I suppose it provides "column" inches. Sorry, I'll get my coat.[/p][/quote]This made me laugh, but Man Of Steels comment is far more pertinent; a lot of the expensive fittings from the West Pier, despite apparently being placed in 'storage', seemed to have grown-legs and disappeared.. Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 16

5:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Hove Actually says...

The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is.

Or what they really meant to say

The rest can just rot as we are not going to pay to clean up this eyesore as all the money from the last 25 years is ...............?
The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is. Or what they really meant to say The rest can just rot as we are not going to pay to clean up this eyesore as all the money from the last 25 years is ...............? Hove Actually
  • Score: 25

6:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is."

.....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay.

The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us!
"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is." .....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay. The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us! Quiterie
  • Score: 14

6:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Quiterie wrote:
"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is."

.....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay.

The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us!
How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: "The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is." .....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay. The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us![/p][/quote]How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory. Withdean-er
  • Score: 2

7:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

pumpkineater23 says...

I loved those columns. People have used them for years for hammocks, slack roping etc. They really have helped make that part of the beach the cool little spot it is. What a shame.
I loved those columns. People have used them for years for hammocks, slack roping etc. They really have helped make that part of the beach the cool little spot it is. What a shame. pumpkineater23
  • Score: 20

8:23pm Thu 5 Jun 14

rolivan says...

Could they be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act because there certainly doesn't appear much that we can TRUST.
Could they be sued under the Trade Descriptions Act because there certainly doesn't appear much that we can TRUST. rolivan
  • Score: 13

9:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

Withdean-er wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is."

.....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay.

The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us!
How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.
........I see what you did there!

..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: "The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is." .....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay. The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us![/p][/quote]How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.[/p][/quote]........I see what you did there! ..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-) Quiterie
  • Score: 10

10:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Hovite says...

Quiterie wrote:
Withdean-er wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is."

.....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay.

The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us!
How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.
........I see what you did there!

..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-)
Yep good effort
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: "The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is." .....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay. The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us![/p][/quote]How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.[/p][/quote]........I see what you did there! ..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-)[/p][/quote]Yep good effort Hovite
  • Score: 4

8:48am Fri 6 Jun 14

P.G says...

Hastings Pier did in a few short years what the West Pier couldn't achieve in decades…..
Hastings Pier did in a few short years what the West Pier couldn't achieve in decades….. P.G
  • Score: 8

9:05am Fri 6 Jun 14

gaay buoy says...

Quiterie wrote:
Withdean-er wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
"The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is."

.....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay.

The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us!
How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.
........I see what you did there!

..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-)
Oh we all hail you.We are not worthy of how brainy you are...we would never have worked it out!! LOL
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: "The West Pier Trust have assured people that the structure which stands at sea will remain as it is." .....Thanks for that reassurance! I can rest easy in my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that the mangled eyesore of rusty metal girders which is slowly falling into the sea is here to stay. The West Pier Trust really know how to spoil us![/p][/quote]How Noble of you. That's very Inflammatory.[/p][/quote]........I see what you did there! ..... I'm not sure too many others have though ;-)[/p][/quote]Oh we all hail you.We are not worthy of how brainy you are...we would never have worked it out!! LOL gaay buoy
  • Score: 0

4:29pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Zeta Function says...

The seaward structure won't remain unchanged! It'll be eroded by the tides, storms, sunshine and rain.
The seaward structure won't remain unchanged! It'll be eroded by the tides, storms, sunshine and rain. Zeta Function
  • Score: 0

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