MORE than £6million will be spent on repairing the Pier this year, Southend Council had confirmed.
A planned £6.7million of maintenance work in the seafront landmark will go ahead this year.
The authority is also set to invest £2.5million in the pier over the next five years despite financial pressures, whilst they also look into plans to get a private company to run it.
The work includes phase two of the Prince George Extension and refurbishment works to the timber outer pier head.
Tony Cox, leader of Southend City Council, said: “There are two things this city is known for, the pier and the football club, which is why I’m making sure those two things are at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
“This amount of money is being spent to stop it falling into the sea as happened in places like Brighton.”
All planned works will ensure the future stability of the structure up to 2029, and are part of £117million earmarked for capital programme investment across the city of Southend over the next five years.
These projects include investing in the airport, coastal defences, road resurfacing, home adaptation grants for disabled people and maintaining housing stock.
Coun Cox added: “The financial challenge for local councils across the country is well known, but it is important that we still have a capital investment programme that is realistic, deliverable and focussed on key projects.
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