Progress with the refurbishment of Deal Pier has been slow but there is news of progress.

The new seating and replacement of the fishing deck are due to go ahead later this month –

The new operators of the cafe at the end of the pier have been named but no date given for the reopening.

The surface has been widely criticised but Dover District Council say “Whilst it is not the best quality, which is disappointing given the pedigree of the contractor whose past projects include Tower Bridge, it is now satisfactory and the process of oxidisation will, over time, bring a harmony to the surface and mask the marks where the asphalt was smoothed out after laying.”