Work has begun to demolish one of Yarmouth’s historic jetties after local councillors reluctantly decided that it would cost too much to restore and maintain.
The jetty, on Great Yarmouth beach, was used by Lord Nelson on his victorious return to England after the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, but has fallen into disrepair.
It would cost over £300,00 to repair the jetty, which does not include costs for upkeep and maintenance. Cabinet member for tourism Charles Reynolds told the BBC: “It’s a sad day. I don’t think there’s any councillor who’s taken this decision lightly.”
“When we applied for planning permission to remove the old jetty I described it as ‘like having to put your old dog down’,” said Mr Reynolds.
“The final nail in the coffin was when English Heritage said the jetty as it now stands has no historical interest which means any potential funding stream we had to do anything was not available.”
English Heritage agreed that the jetty site had historical significance, but based their decision on the fact that the jetty’s timbers were not original, having been replaced in the 1960s.
Image From Great Yarmouth Mercury