Shotley Pier
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On 31st July 2017 we successfully raised £35,425 with 163 investors in 60 days

Shotley Pier is 122 years old and has been for sale for years. Our community group wants to buy and renovate for working and leisure use

by Shotley Heritage Community Benefit Society Ltd in Shotley Gate, England, United Kingdom

Pier Voting Deadline Extended

Voting Deadline Extended to 9th January


We have been advised that the text message voting service is not available this week. Due to public holidays, the SMS function has gone offline and should be restored sometime next week.  To avoid delays, please vote by email, by sending your choice to shotleypier@gmail.com.

For those who have a mobile phone without email, you are welcome to call 01473 780052 to give your vote. As this may take people longer to respond, we will extend the voting deadline to 5pm on Wednesday 9th January.

Red Lion Coffee Mornings at the Red Lion, Chelmondiston

Today, we held our first coffee morning of the year at the Red Lion. It was very enjoyable, with high attendance and lots of chat.  Photo here shows Di Jackson on the left, Artist of the Month chatting with Barrie Powell, Director and Rum Host, to the right of Barrie are volunteers Jane, Liz and Jacqui.

Mis-Information Warning 

There is misinformation on social media and in Shotley generally.  The Board would like to make it clear that personal attacks on individual Directors are not justified. 

Our members showed confidence in the Board and volunteers at the AGM as well as in emails.  We do not expect unanimity as the topics cause debate, but we do hope and expect that animosity be avoided.

From the hundreds of emails and comments received so far, only 7 people out of our total membership of 530 have expressed concerns to us about the process we are following. 

Board Working Together

Chairman John Davitt said: “ From a long lifetime in business, I know that the most effective Boards are those which listen carefully, and are willing to make difficult decisions. This involves discussion, compromise and a willingness to take a wide range of interests into account”

Director Barrie Powell stated: “Board meetings involve robust debates and I have always taken part in them.  I respect the democratic way we, as the Pier Board, vote and get on with things.  It is not helpful to see this process blown up as some kind of major conflict.  I continue as a Director to support the Board in its efforts and to suggest and assist in developing future alternative plans.”

Voting Options

This vote is purely about the roof shapes. You are not voting about the layout of the buildings, the length of the platforms or the size of the buildings.  All that has yet to be finalised, and is currently being discussed by the Board and with the Planning Officer.

The presentation at the AGM was at a concept stage and has not yet been fully scoped out for compliance, cost, and building regulations. It has had a major impact on our thinking, with many aspects already incorporated. Once the roof vote is known, we will work up a full set of drawings.  All is in discussion at present.

The Board has appealed against the planning refusal because that is the cheapest way to proceed at present, but we have repeatedly stated that if we win the appeal, we can still revise our plans.   The length of the platforms is part of the appeal process, but we have stated at the members meeting and in newsletters that we are willing to compromise and we are reviewing the length of the platforms, and the length, width and height of the buildings.  

Several people commented that the last newsletter confused them and they were not sure how many roof options were being put forward. To clarify, there are four roof options, as shown in the previous newsletters, on our website and Facebook pages and below.

Option 1 has already been costed as part of the planning application. Options 2 - 4 have not been costed as this would add additional cost to the project and the Board decided to get the vote for the most popular roof choice before moving forward with any revised plans. You can vote by email to shotleypier@gmail.com or by  post to our registered address (Redlands, Main Road, Chelmondiston, IP9 1DX)  or on our website  www.shotleypier.co.uk using the comment box

Investor Feedback

We start 2019 with best wishes from Paul, a drainage engineer who is one of our many investor members. He is enjoying reading our newsletters and said “ I’m so pleased you are avoiding male urinals in the facilities, they are nothing but trouble.” 


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Levels of Investment

£50 or more

£50 Investment

Get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with two £25 shares. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers. You choose whether to have a share certificate by post or email

£50 or more

£50 Investment

If you just want shares without any reward, you can offer any amount from £50 to get shares in the Pier. You will get a big Thank You by email and social media, and know that you are a part owner of the pier with one vote as all other members do. You will qualify for future member -only benefits and the warm feeling of knowing you are supporting this wonderful community owned co-op

£75 or more

11 of 50 claimed

£75 Investment

One bottle of our own "Pier Rum" which has been created by a prize winning distillery exclusively for Shotley Pier. This will be a delicious treat as well as a collector's item with our own label. This reward includes framed share certificate, your name on our “Pioneer Shareholder Scroll,” and you will own three shares

£75 or more

7 of 200 claimed

£75 Investment

Get the satisfaction of knowing you are a part owner of the pier with three £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will receive a Share Certificate by your choice of email or post, and will qualify for member-only offers

£100 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£100 Investment

Become a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Celebrate with Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea on the Quay, the cafe opposite the Pier. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£100 or more

14 of 50 claimed

£100 Investment

If you like fishing, choose this reward. You will be a member of the fishing group, with exclusive access to fishing on the pier for the first year the pier is open. You will be a part owner of the pier with four £25 shares, get a framed share certificate and access to other member-only offers . Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored.

£100 or more

£100 Investment

Choose the reward of a very special limited edition ice cream, created for the Pier investors at "Tea on the Quay," the cafe opposite the pier. Get the satisfaction of being part owner of the pier with four £25 shares. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£200 or more

5 of 10 claimed

£200 Investment

Become a part owner of the Pier with eight £25 shares, and join a special beekeeping experience day on the Shotley Peninsula. Find out more about bees and enjoy some local honey. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened and you get a framed share certificate. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£250 or more

39 of 100 claimed

£250 Investment

Choose a "Pioneer Plaque" to commemorate a loved one with your own choice of words. The high quality metal plaque will be installed on pier railings when the Pier is opened and will never be removed. Your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You will own ten £25 shares and a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£400 or more

2 of 50 claimed

£400 Investment

Enjoy two seats on our "Naturewatch" half day boat trip on the River Stour, travelling from Shotley towards Mistley. The estuary is a protected site of outstanding natural beauty, and has global RAMSAR wetland status. You will own sixteen £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£600 or more

0 of 6 claimed

£600 Investment

Enjoy a day trip experience for two people. First a boat trip " Around the Pier" to enjoy stunning landscape and busy shipping lanes, a personal tour at HMS Ganges Museum, and a delicious lunch at Bristol Arms. You will own twenty four £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored. You will also qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£750 Investment

Enjoy a half-day art masterclass workshop with renowned local artist Nick Carter in his studio. You will own thirty £25 shares and your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£750 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£750 Investment

Have our very special Rum. It's a limited edition, with numbered bottles in a presentation box . This bespoke "Pier Rum" was distilled to a secret recipe by a world class, prize winning distillery. You will own thirty £25 shares, your name will be entered on the "Pioneer Shareholder Scroll" when the pier is opened. You get a vote on how the pier will be used and restored and a framed share certificate. You will qualify for member-only offers.

£2,500 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£2,500 Investment

Fly over the pier in a small plane with our private pilot. Take off from a local airfield and fly along the stunning coastline of the River Stour and the River Orwell. The pilot will point out items such as sunken wreckage visible from above and local landmarks. You will own one hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£5,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£5,000 Investment

Enjoy our amazing Land, Sea and Air experience for three people. Start at a local airfield and fly with our volunteer pilot over the pier. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bristol Arms, and a tour of HMS Ganges museum. Then onto a boat to see the Pier from the water. A framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

£10,000 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£10,000 Investment

Be the person who completes the construction of the pier by inserting the final rivet with a boat-full of your guests taken by our volunteer crew to see the moment when the pier is completed. Our film crew will record the event for posterity. You will own four hundred shares and a framed share certificate is included, along with your name listed on our "Pioneer Shareholder's Scroll." You will qualify for member-only offers.

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