Marine concerns pop pier’s plans

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 May 2016

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

Construction work is still underway at Clevedon Pier's new vistor centre.

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Clevedon Pier will not release hundreds of balloons to mark the opening of its new visitor centre after concerns were raised about the possible impact on the environment.

Plans were in place for the balloons to be released from the Grade I-listed pier during the Seaside Spectacular celebrations on May 30 but the idea has been scrapped after people questioned the impact the remnants of the balloons would have on the environment and wildlife in the area after the event.

Nicole Laken, business manager at the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, said: “Following several letters of concern we have decided to withdraw the balloon release.

“However, this will not deter from the enjoyment of the day as we have many other activities planned for the day.”

The balloons will now be individually sold as part of a raffle to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society, with a prize of an annual family pass up for grabs.

The firework display which will be held during the evening celebrations will still go ahead as planned.

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