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New landing stages installed at Sun Pier

by Jim Dunton Tue 12 November 2013, 5:00 pm

Chatham's historic Sun Pier has been given a new lease of life with the installation of new walkways and landing stages that will return it to its former glory.

Work this week to put the new infrastructure in place is seen as an important part of the town’s regeneration, and could unlock the development of Chatham waterfront.

The new landing stages will allow yachts, river taxis, and larger vessels to take on passengers at the pier – potentially opening up a commuter route between Chatham and Medway City.

They replace stages that were removed in 2010 because of structural failure.

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said the pontoon work would cost £143,000, which would be paid for from a £3 milllion loan secured last year from the government’s Growing Places Fund.

“This is a highly significant development for Chatham and Medway’s regeneration,” he said.

“It means Sun Pier can be brought back into proper use, which is good news for residents and visitors.

"It is also important for the future redevelopment of the waterfront and the town centre.”

Councillor Kelly Tollhurst, who is vice chair of the Medway and Swale Boating Association, said the new landing facilities would reopen Chatham to visiting vessels, provide improved access for the emergency services and open up the possibility of “some exciting initiatives” at Sun Pier.

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