Withernsea Pier and Promenade Association

Chairman Torkel Larsen

Vice-Chairman Dave Edwards

Secretary Kevin Watson

Treasurer Rachel Larsen

News/Media Dave Edwards

Fundraising Karl Senior, Richard Harries and Dave Murgatroyd


Next Meetings

Thursday 4th January 7.00pm at 2 High Brighton Street
Thursday 1st February 7.00pm at 2 High Brighton Street
Thursday 1st March 7.00pm at 2 High Brighton Street
Thursday 5th April 7.00pm AGM meeting at the Meridian Centre
Thursday 3rd May 7.00pm at 2 High Brighton Street

Upcoming Public Events

Saturday 3rd February 11am at the Meridian Centre WWE Coffee Morning
Friday 9th March 8pm Comedy Evening at the Shores Centre
Saturday 24th March 3pm Solo's Cafe Willerby with Richard Harris,Norah Hanson , Phil Pearce , Amber Goodwin and Gertie Olive Harsthorne
Saturday 24th March 6pm Fund Raising Concert at Captain Williams with Jackson D, Urban Rain and Jim Danby
Thursday 5th April 7.00pm AGM meeting at the Meridian Centre
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August Information stand at Withernsea Festivals


Withernsea Pier on Facebook


News Update December 2017

WPPA Fundraising 2017

The Fundraising concert was a great success raising £558.20 for the WPPA. We had a stall at the WRCG Fireworks event. Despite the bad weather we managed to raise £60. We also attended the Christmas Light Switch On. There was a lot of support for our plans, and our tombola raised a further £131.39.


News Update September 2017


The ongoing fundraising in Withernsea is going well. We are getting new sponsors, new members and selling tickets to our fundraising concert on the 26th October. If you haven’t yet got your tickets, you can get them from The Northfield, Carousel on Queen Street or the Shores Centre on Seaside road.
We have updated our sponsorship pack which is a short document summarizing our plans for the pier, along with a sponsorship form. You can download a copy here. We are also starting to preparing our applications for the large funding sources. We now have an extensive list of possible funding sources for us to consider. One of our targets will be the Coastal Communities Fund. The 5th round of funding will open for applications early 2018 and we have a lot of work to do to be ready for it.



News Update June 2017

Following last month’s appeal in the Gazette for pictures of the Pier Towers, The WPPA are grateful to Mark Dawson for the pictures he has given us of Pier Towers before and during the construction of the steps. We would also like to thank councillor Lyn Healing and ERYC Planning Department for providing us with plans of the construction of the steps. This information will assist us in designing the first stage of the new Withernsea Pier.
We are in dialogue with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Environment Agency and a number of other consultees to determine what reports, surveys and consultations we need to undertake for the Withernsea Pier. It would appear from the response so far that there are no major hurdles to building the first stage if we can raise the £200,000 needed for construction.

Our plan for fundraising is to gain maximum support from residents and local businesses, and then use that momentum to apply for larger amounts of funding from bigger organisations. See our sponsorship page for a list of our sponsors so far.


News Update April 2017

The Feasibility Study, funded by Withernsea Big Local has now been done, and the report received. In layman’s terms, the result is that to rebuild a Pier at Withernsea IS feasible. So we have the green light to go ahead and concentrate on funding construction. There is still an amount of work to be done on research (foundations, piling types, coastal effects), but the Pier is now one step closer to being built!

We have used the donation from Tesco to print leaflets and make Pin badges, which will be used to raise awareness at events in the Town. Two large “pop-up” banners highlighting the Pier Project have been funded by a private sponsor, which will be used at events to attract interest and detail explanations of the project and why it is important.

We will be attending The Great British Coast National Conference and promoting our project.
Plans are afoot to use the Pier Towers, with the permission of ERYC, to promote the Pier project at events this summer.

A Request for Screening and Scoping Opinion has been sent to ERYC to clarify what enironmental studys etc we need to undertake.


News Update February 2017

After funding was secured for a Feasibility Study (from BigLocal), invitations to tender were sent out to eight interested firms. Following the closing date for tenders, the replies were evaluated thoroughly at the January 12th meeting of the WPPA, and reduced to a shortlist of two. After replies had been received to a number of queries on both Tenders, a further meeting was held on January 27th, and the decision was made to award the work to A&F Consulting Engineers LPP.
A Steering Group Meeting and site visit was held on Friday February 3rd.
This is a real milestone for the initial phase of the project!

The primary objectives of the study are to:
- Evaluate the proposed construction and suggest any suitable construction options.
- Identify any further studies that may be required and the possible cost implications.
Specify which of these are needed for Stage One, and for the whole project.
- To determine a rough cost of each of the four stages of construction.
- Provide a step by step plan to complete Stage One.
The final report is expected middle of March 2017.

Funding has also been received from the local Tesco’s, which will be used to help produce badges and leaflets to further the promotion of the project, and get word out and create more interest. A presentation was made by both the Service Manager and Community Champion with five of the WPPA members, and the Gazette Photographer was on hand to record the event. This was published in the Gazette of February 2nd 2017.

The application to register as a charity was turned down by the Charities Commission, the project did not meet their criteria. Discussions about the future of the WPPA could include the WPPA becoming a CIC (Community Interest Company) Meanwhile, the WPPA has now been registered as a Company, Limited By Guarantee, and registered at Company’s House.

The WPPA Bank Account is all set up, with monies paid in, hopefully more to follow through fundraising events in the future and donations/grants.

The position of Vice-Chairman, which had become vacant, has been filled by D Edwards. Richard Harries, recently joined, has been seconded to assist the News and Media position.

Our Business Plan is being drafted and updated



News Update December 2016

Withernsea Big Local

We are pleased to announce that our application for funding from Withernsea Big Local has been approved. WBL have agreed to fund a feasibility study for the Pier. It will verify our plan, give us a better idea of costs, and determine if our goals are achievable.


News Update November 2016

We are in the process of crafting a consultant brief, to be presented to businesses that can carry out a feasibility study. We have been liaising with East Riding, Withernsea Big Local, and multiple engineering companies while we put it together.


News Update September 2016

WPPA are grateful to have secured £200 of funding from the local Tesco store in Withernsea, for the production of leaflets and stickers to promote the group and our objectives.


A mermaid tale by Richard Harris


Media coverage

Media coverage is now on a new page. You can find it here.

Withernsea Pier and Promenade Association Ltd. 2 High Brighton Street, Withernsea HU19 2HL. Registered in England. Company number 10593143