It was great to see Jess Steele in Cardiff this week. Jess has a talent for bringing history back to life. In Deptford, with others, it was a ha’penny hatch bridge across the creek that I use when cycling into town. She now works for the Development Trusts Association, and lives in Hastings, where she has her eye on bringing back the pier into use. It is owned by an off-shore company that seems to have left it to rot. She wants to turn it into the UK’s first co-operative pier.
There are fifty five piers across the country, she tells me. In a world of climate change, we may in future have new community ways of holidaying in Britain.