Roker Pier due to be refurbished

Roker Pier in Sunderland.
Roker Pier in Sunderland.

Roker Pier is due to be resurfaced after part of the pier was ruined by the violent crashing of the waves.

Sunderland City Council have submitted a bid of £500,000 to the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide a full restoration plan.

The plans include the refurbishment of the deck and the restoration of the lighthouse and tunnel. The expansion will mean that the public can enter the lighthouse and tunnel on a public tour.

The council have  already set aside £1.35million to carry out some of the refurbishment plans, starting with the lantern house that is due to start in the summer.

If the council receive the full amount of funding then this will benefit Sunderland as the funding will can go towards making the pier a site for educational purposes.

The Roker Pier and Lighthouse  was build between 1885 and 1903 and was thought to be a accolade for the engineering industry in Sunderland during that time.

Rose Peacock, Sunderland City Council said: “The planning application seeking the go-ahead to resurface the pier is going to committee tonight.”

The council expects to hear in August if its first stage bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful.

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