Our Director of Harbours, Lorna Spencer, comments: "Access is restricted on the pier due to health and safety reasons following a formal risk assessment.”
"Those that can access the pier using a key fob to release the bollard, can do so due to the terms of their lease arrangements. This includes local businesses located close to the pier for deliveries and their own vehicle use.“
"Our position on this will not change due to the identified health and safety risks. We will, of course, speak with the port operator to see if an arrangement can be put in place to enable better controlled access for fishermen and other pier users, and fishermen are aware that the South Pier can be accessed easily and used by them."
"The main risks are the potential for vehicle / pedestrian collision, vehicle / vehicle collision and pedestrians falling from the pier edge avoiding vehicles and restricting access for emergency vehicles, should a vehicle be left in the narrow access roadway. The area accessed is very narrow and does not allow for vehicles and pedestrians to pass safely on CMAL's land."