IMPORTANT work could soon happen on Clevedon Pier to improve access for ships to dock.

A planning application to North Somerset Council warned that the wooden fenders on the landing stage at the end of the pier were “in poor condition” and seeks to replace them with an “enhanced fender system” with stainless steel brackets and rubber fenders.

A statement submitted with the application said: “The new fender system would last longer than the existing system, and in the event of repairs being needed, small sections can be removed and replaced as required.”

It added: “This best protects the existing historic landing stage structure whilst also providing improved berthing facilities for visiting vessels.”

The concrete columns of the landing stage will also be “thoroughly inspected” once the timber fenders have been removed to ensure their longevity. One is already believed to require “significant repair”. 

The Grade I listed pier— which John Betjemen called “the most beautiful pier in England” — was built in the 1860s as a ferry port and visitor attraction.

It is still often visited by beloved paddle steamer the Waverley.

The statement said: “The result of this development will be improved usage of the Pier for its original purpose, and increase revenue streams for the trust which can be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the Grade I listed structure.”

You can view and comment on the application here: