Happy New Year from the Pier team
Hope you had a peaceful and enjoyable break.
Our 2019 Red Lion coffee mornings start on Thursday 3rd January at 10.30am. Please come along and support us, it’s a friendly, warm place to enjoy coffee/tea and a home-made cake for only £5.
Each month a local artist will introduce their work which gives a wonderful opportunity to exhibit and for visitors to discover and enjoy varied art. As Mandy and Dougie have made an Art Wall for the pier at the Red Lion, the art stays on display for the month, with no pressure to buy at the coffee morning, so why not come and enjoy meeting the artists.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all who attended our December coffee morning at the Red Lion. We had an excellent turnout and, although we do not usually have craft stalls, Mandy and Dougie kindly agreed to allow a Christmas theme for extra fund-raising, so were able to have jewellery, Christmas floristry arrangements, pier pictures and our own items with the pier logo for sale. Thank you to the artists and crafts people who came along and donated to the pier.
Many thanks to those who have already voted on the roof style for the proposed plans, most by email but some by post. The text message voting link will be sent out later this week to those who have provided a mobile phone number to us.
The pier is looking rather sad at present, with the loose railings safely removed. If you haven’t been down there for a while, have a look on our Facebook page for various photos.
If you missed seeing our previous newsletter with images of the roof styles and possible layouts, have a look at our website where we are showing it all. www.shotleypier.co.uk You have until 5th January to tell us your preference of the proposed roof.
There has been a flurry of emails and letters, some of the questions or comments posed have included:
- Why no costings on each choice?
- Why so few tables and chairs, when the weather is bad there won’t be much room in there?
- Why no details about the windows, doors and cladding, roofing materials, doors and other finishes?
- Why not just circulate the design shown at the AGM for approval?
The Board’s comments in response:
- Detailed costings have not yet been obtained for these new options, as we wanted to obtain investors’ opinions on their preferred appearance before going to the expense of costing the three new options. It’s fair to say: Option 1, the slanted roof (gullwing design) is the cheapest option but has encountered noisy opposition! Option 4 is probably the most expensive option as it’s a curved design.
- Reducing the length of the building inevitably means reducing the number of tables and chairs and indoor shelter, this is the difficult part about compromise!
- Lack of detailing about windows, cladding at this stage is deliberate, and if you look at the original newsletters from 2018, we always said these were decisions to make later.
- We are not yet at the point of a final design. The presentation shown at the AGM was an introduction to looking at new and compromise ideas, as were the various roof images and claddings on the display boards. The Board stated earlier in 2018 that the roof design would be a choice for the members and that means putting several designs to the vote.
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