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Surfers warned over Brighton West Pier wreckage

The Argus: Surfers warned over Brighton West Pier wreckage Surfers warned over Brighton West Pier wreckage

Surfers and swimmers have been warned to steer clear of a pier after underwater cameras revealed lethal spikes of twisted metal.

The debris from Brighton’s West Pier was left behind after the collapsed concert hall section of the pier was dismantled in February this year for safety reasons.

Surfer and designer Chris Beasley photographed the hazard, which also includes rope and nets, while compiling work for an upcoming festival exhibition of photographs of the pier.

The 57-year-old said: “Far from removing a hazard from the beach, the recent excavations have turned the old pier into a lethal trap that will surely cause injury or worse once the beaches fill up for the summer.

“The pictures show a small sample of vicious iron spikes, trapped ropes, net and other debris that are concealed by all but the lowest tides and shifting sand - left behind by the clearance in February.

“The frame of the old concert hall laying on the beach was an obvious hazard and one which parents could easily see and warn their children away from.

“Once covered with an incoming tide there is no indication of any danger - bathers and paddlers risk crippling injury.”

Rachel Clark, chief executive of the West Pier Trust, said the metal work was left over from pier's landing stages.

She said: “We have arranged with the council for some marker buoys to be put there next month to make sure that surfers don't go anywhere near it.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: "We have been working with the West Pier Trust to ensure that the remaining structure and surrounding land, which is the Trust's responsibility, is as safe as it can be.

“This includes looking at erecting signs to warn of the dangers around the pier.

"During summer, we have up to 11 flagged bathing zones with lifeguards in attendance along the city's coastline and would recommend that swimmers stay within these zones where possible."

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1:44pm Tue 4 May 10

BringBackGoodGrammar says...

"During summer, we have up to 11 flagged bathing zones with lifeguards in attendance along the city's coastline and would recommend that swimmers stay within these zones where possible."
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And if they don't ?
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I think it's time to set up my ambulance-chasing-cl
aim-everything-you-c
an business, at the West Pier, just by the stalls.
"During summer, we have up to 11 flagged bathing zones with lifeguards in attendance along the city's coastline and would recommend that swimmers stay within these zones where possible." . And if they don't ? . I think it's time to set up my ambulance-chasing-cl aim-everything-you-c an business, at the West Pier, just by the stalls. BringBackGoodGrammar
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4:39pm Tue 4 May 10

yorkie44 says...

If it is dangerous something should be done about it rather than just putting up warning signs.
If it is dangerous something should be done about it rather than just putting up warning signs. yorkie44
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5:44pm Tue 4 May 10

iisasambo says...

this piece of rubbish should have been removed years ago, the west pier was great when it was open, but alas it was left to decline beyond saving. no one at the council have ever had the bottle to make the correct decision to take it all away, and make the area safe. as the other guy says, compensation claims just waiting to happen, would have been cheaper in the long run to safely dispose of it, brighton and hove council, get your cheque books out. security word=punctured-flipf
lop
this piece of rubbish should have been removed years ago, the west pier was great when it was open, but alas it was left to decline beyond saving. no one at the council have ever had the bottle to make the correct decision to take it all away, and make the area safe. as the other guy says, compensation claims just waiting to happen, would have been cheaper in the long run to safely dispose of it, brighton and hove council, get your cheque books out. security word=punctured-flipf lop iisasambo
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7:10pm Tue 4 May 10

lorrie2 says...

Ive never seen any surfers by the west pier, didnt realise brighton had surfable waves?
Ive never seen any surfers by the west pier, didnt realise brighton had surfable waves? lorrie2
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11:38pm Tue 4 May 10

Rocker says...

Well done Chris Beasley! Get the signs up ASAP......
Well done Chris Beasley! Get the signs up ASAP...... Rocker
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7:34am Wed 5 May 10

tpebop... says...

iisasambo wrote:
this piece of rubbish should have been removed years ago, the west pier was great when it was open, but alas it was left to decline beyond saving. no one at the council have ever had the bottle to make the correct decision to take it all away, and make the area safe. as the other guy says, compensation claims just waiting to happen, would have been cheaper in the long run to safely dispose of it, brighton and hove council, get your cheque books out. security word=punctured-flipf lop
I agree with you spot on !
If your mot a strong swimmer and the tide takes you over the pier emmmm, thanks for the payout
[quote][p][bold]iisasambo[/bold] wrote: this piece of rubbish should have been removed years ago, the west pier was great when it was open, but alas it was left to decline beyond saving. no one at the council have ever had the bottle to make the correct decision to take it all away, and make the area safe. as the other guy says, compensation claims just waiting to happen, would have been cheaper in the long run to safely dispose of it, brighton and hove council, get your cheque books out. security word=punctured-flipf lop[/p][/quote]I agree with you spot on ! If your mot a strong swimmer and the tide takes you over the pier emmmm, thanks for the payout tpebop...
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11:28am Wed 5 May 10

anonymous coward says...

@lorrie2

The West Pier is a popular spot in the right conditions as sandbanks form around the ruins.

The also good surf on the chalk platform east of the marina, on the sandy beaches by the power station and in Shoreham harbour.
@lorrie2 The West Pier is a popular spot in the right conditions as sandbanks form around the ruins. The also good surf on the chalk platform east of the marina, on the sandy beaches by the power station and in Shoreham harbour. anonymous coward
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