Get weaving on removing the carcass and build a new one. How long has it been since a new pier has been constructed in England? There are many good things that can be accomplshed with a modern pier intoning the historical overtones of the original.
Oh deep joy, I thought I was the only person in Sussex who thought the bloomin thing needed to be destroyed. No more wasting of money to keep a bunch oh saddos busy trying to justify renovating a heap of twisted metal!!
Thank you English Heritage for seeing sense and pulling out of support for this monstrosity.
As a resident, my twopenneth is it's gotta go. It may have had a chance had the owners of the other pier not gone to court to argue against it's restoration, which stopped everything for a couple of years. As for eyesores, there's no shortage of them in Brighton. Cast an eye over Embassy court for starters.
Don't really follow the rust poison thing, didn't the Navy just sink a rusty ship off portsmouth to make a home for sea critters?
One also suspects that the local residents who by definition are relatively well heeled, have indulged in a spot of good old English Nimbyism to prevent the removal of the pier in order to stop it's replacement with a Mcdonalds/Yates wine hole/Nightclub on the seafront etc etc
I don't know anyone who wants to see it re-built. No-one at work and no-one locally. The only people who talk about its being and what a waste if nothing happens to it,are the 80 somethings who have nothing better than there old memories of the place. Other than, no-one is bothered at all.
Only good thing about it now is its photogenic appeal. Looks pretty amazing when its grey and stormy, got some excellent pictures of it in storms.