Seaside piers 'at risk' from rising costs, say campaigners
26 August 2013 Last updated at 19:27 BST
Some of Britain's oldest seaside piers are at risk from rising maintenance and insurance costs, campaigners have said.
Trade association Co-operatives UK said too many piers were "trapped in a cycle of neglectful ownership with only periodic attempts at conservation".
Most could be better run by local people, social enterprises or charities, it said.
Tom Esslemont reports.