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In the late 1820's a causeway was built to the island. The original lodgings for invalids were replaced by the swimming pool and theatre somewhere between 1894 and 1902. Dr Fox's bath house dates from 1830.

Pic of the planned redevelopment. http://www.nemetschek.net/edispatch/Vol12/KIsland1.html

I admit defeat. Managed to enter the site at first light this morning,
found a nice little spot to watch the security hut, attempted to
enter the swimming pool on north side, doors locked, windows boarded.
Dodged guard doing foot patrol, then two vans of workmen turned up.
Decided it wasn't worth it and made a hasty retreat, good job I did
due to the tide coming in, with the tide in the only exit is the front
gate, straight past security. Site has suffered vandalism hence good
security.

Disgusting £14 million development will create 87 homes. Stupid having
houses in what should be a leisure site.

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From todays Evening Post.

A single severe storm this winter could destroy Weston-super-Mare's
decaying Birnbeck Pier, a campaigner has warned.
Charles McCann, chairman of the friends of the Birnbeck Pier Regeneration
Trust, says the bridge linking the mainland to the rocky, offshore outcrop
of Birnbeck Island is at grave risk.
He said: "One very bad winter storm and it's gone."
The pier has been closed to the public for the past 11 years because of its
dangerous state and has an A rating on English Heritages at risk register
which means it is at rapid risk of further deterioration.
But there seems little prospect of anyone coming up with the money to
restore it in the near future.
The Trust, which comprises of representatives of North Somerset Council,
Weston Town Council and various organistions including the RNLI, the
friends of the Old Pier Society and the Paddle Steamer Preservation
Society, is hoping to approach various bodies to obtain enough money to
buy the pier.
Its current owner Swindon based bussinessman Peter Lay, had hoped
to sell it earlier this year to developer Jim Scott for £400,000.
But Mr Scott has so far failed to secure backing for his £30 million
scheme to redevelop Birnbeck Island and the sale did not proceed.
Mr Lay is having his own meeting with North Somerset Council next
month at which he is expected to outline his own plans for saving the
pier.



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