Could plaques on Cromer Pier help fund its upkeep?

The historic Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Introducing a plaque scheme on Cromer Pier has been suggested - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Installing plaques on Cromer Pier has been suggested as a way of funding the maintenance of the North Norfolk landmark.

Earlier this month, a North Norfolk district councillor suggested the long term strategy for Cromer Pier be reviewed to see if there were any "fresh ideas" on how to pay for its maintenance after council papers for 2022-25 revealed the authority was going to spend "roughly £2.7M" on the structure.

Now, following coverage of the meeting, a Cromer resident has suggested plaques be installed along the pier to help draw visitors to it and as a way of funding maintenance costs.

Rev Ray Scorey and his wife Ruth

Rev Ray Scorey and his wife Ruth. Rev Scorey has suggested a plaque scheme be introduced on Cromer Pier as a way of funding its maintenance. - Credit: Ray Scorey

Reverend Ray Scorey, a retired Baptist minister who has lived in the seaside town for six years, said he hoped something similar to the plaque scheme on Southwold Pier could be introduced in Cromer.

The 76-year-old, said: "[Cromer Pier] could have hundred and hundreds of plaques all along the railings and on the buildings. I think it would enhance it actually."

Rev Scorey said he knew Cromer Pier was one of the town's biggest draws with people coming to visit it for all sorts of reasons, be it for the views or because they had memories associated with it.

He said he thought the scheme would provide the opportunity for people to leave "touching messages" and mark memories. 

He said: "I think [the council] need to have a different approach and this would help them raise money."

Eric Seward, North Norfolk district councillor for North Walsham East, and Liberal Democrat portfoli

Eric Seward, North Norfolk district councillor for North Walsham East, and Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for finance. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE CANDIDATE - Credit: Archant

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Eric Seward, portfolio holder for finance and assets at North Norfolk District Council, said: "[NNDC] recognises the importance of Cromer pier not only as a heritage asset for the district but also in terms of the wider tourism economy.

"The idea of plaques on the pier is something has been discussed by officers in the past but not progressed. However, one of the key priorities within this administration’s Corporate Plan is to take a more commercial and business-like approach to help the council to become more financially sustainable and ideas such as these will be further considered as part of that process."

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