This is why scaffolding has been erected along Worthing Pier

This is why scaffolding has been erected along Worthing Pier.

According to Worthing Borough Council, the scaffolding was put up due to improvements to the pier's fire safety systems which are due to be completed by October.

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council

Worthing Pier was named 'Pier of the Year' for the second time in April, and was presented with the accolade by a VIP guest.

A council spokesman said: "While we understand that it is not ideal that these essential maintenance works to take place over the summer, unfortunately they cannot be carried out at other times due to the higher risk of storm damage.

"The pier will remain open and accessible during this time and, once complete, will ensure our award-winning pier will stay standing for many years to come."

The council commissioned local contractor Paine Mainwaring to carry out 'essential maintenance' to the current system, which is more than 30 years old and is nearing the end of its life as winter storms and seaside conditions take their toll.

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council

Works, which started in late June, will see specialist scaffolding installed underneath the wooden structure as a new water main is laid along the length of the pier. Improvements to drainage will also take place at the same time, the council said.

Teams are based from a secure compound on the beach, it added.

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council

Worthing Pier is undergoing fire safety improvements. Picture: Worthing Borough Council