Reducing pier’s carbon footprint

  • 28 November, 2022
  • On the pier


New measures have been introduced to reduce a seaside attraction’s
carbon footprint.

Clacton Pier is ditching all of its old wooden picnic tables and benches
in favour of composite replacements across the 6.5 acre site.

The new outdoor equipment is made up of mainly recycled car tyres which
will also cut back on the amount of maintenance required as they will not need
repainting or repairing.

The idea was first trialled in 2017 and more followed the next year.

Pier director Billy Ball said the decision has now been taken to make
the change throughout, as the equipment has proved sustainable and far more hygienic.

“This is a major step forward with around 75 to 80 tables and benches being
replaced – which will mean no trees have been cut down for this project,” he

“These are now easier to clean and more aesthetically pleasing, but the
main driver is for the environment.

“We have been proactive in the past few years in reducing our carbon
footprint and the majority of our lighting is now LED or low energy.

“We are also looking at our packaging more closely and aim to reduce the
amount of plastic we use in this area.

“It is vital that we all do whatever we can to improve our ways of doing
business to help protect the environment and encourage others to do the same.
We are by no means perfect but are moving in the right direction.”

All the tables and benches outside the Boardwalk Bar and Grill were
replaced towards the end of the summer season.

Mr Ball added that when his family took over the pier, they recognised
there was not enough seating and that has been reflected in feedback over the

The issue is now being addressed so that people will have more of a
chance to sit and enjoy the attraction.

“It is really important as most of our customers are families and it
means they can sit down together,” he said. “Older members can relax while the
youngsters have fun on the rides.”


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