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Seaside Piers

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the (a) condition, (b) viability and (c) cultural significance of British seaside piers. (97051)

This Department has not carried out an assessment of the condition, viability or cultural significance of English seaside piers. However, English Heritage’s Seaside Research Project, to be published in autumn 2007, is assessing the broad historical contribution of the pier to the story of England’s seaside. Seventy-five English piers are listed as having special architectural or historic interest, of which two are included in the current English Heritage register of Buildings at Risk.

Responsibility for piers in Scotland and Wales lies with the relevant devolved Administrations.