Suffolk

Development hope for £195k Shotley Gate pier

Bristol Pier, Shotley Gate Image copyright East Anglian Group
Image caption The pier was built in 1894 as a landing stage for ferries between Shotley, Felixstowe and Harwich

A parish council has said it would back the redevelopment of a derelict 600ft (180m) Victorian pier in Suffolk after it was put up for sale for £195,000.

The Bristol Pier at Shotley Gate was built in 1894 and has planning permission for two food kiosks at its entrance.

It has views of Harwich and Felixstowe and has been closed for several years.

Shotley Parish Council said the pier was in a "quite a state" and would need significant investment.

Image copyright East Anglian Group
Image caption The pier stretches out 600ft (180m) into Harwich Harbour

Dina Bedwell, clerk of Shotley Parish Council, said: "We've had a huge project to develop the sea defences and create footpaths and a picnic area, so any development of the pier is to be welcomed.

"It's in quite a state, so it would need a lot of money spent on it.

Image copyright East Anglian Group
Image caption The sellers have produced an architect's plan for the kiosks, but the new owner would have to build them

"If it's properly developed, investors should be able to make a return as Shotley will grow when 285 homes are built at the former HMS Ganges site."

Image copyright East Anglian Group
Image caption The fishermen's huts at the end of the pier have not been used for years, the sellers said

The East Anglian Group is selling the pier, which it bought two years ago.

It is 10ft (3m) wide, but it has a 40ft (12m)-wide platform at the end which has two fishermen's huts on it.

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