Rochester Pier is closed again pending repair. This time there’s a potentially serious issue that the concrete dolphin, which links the two brows, has broken and buoyancy has become compromised. There’s a possibility of the brows becoming twisted and causing damage to the pontoon.
UPDATE: Jetstream Tours (Jacob Marley) will be using Sun Pier instead until further notice.
“Chequered Flag” has been moored without permission on Rochester Pier for at least two weeks. Adam Taylor of Medway Council says it will be seized and sold if not removed by 18 July. If you know who owns the boat please let us or Adam know.
UPDATE 24.7.2019: Chequered Flag moved to Gillingham Pier without permission, it was ‘held’ until the owners collected it and now it is moored on the poles beside Gillingham Pier. It’s possible it may move again, hopefully not to Sun Pier!
Medway Council advise that Commodores Hard slipway will be CLOSED to all users for essential safety repairs from 1st June to 1st July 2019. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SLIPWAY DURING REPAIRS. The nearest public launch sites (apart from nearby Gillingham Pier) are Queenborough and Herne Bay. Medway Council 01634 333333
UPDATE 21 June: Owing to delays, the Hard will remain closed until 13 July.
Adam Taylor, Rivers & Paths Manager, Medway Council says, “Owing to a fault with the pontoon gate, we have had to close Rochester Pier until next Monday. Also, I’m working to retrieve traffic cones from the river bed, similar to the life rings.” If anyone can help please contact Adam on 01634 333333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve just heard from Adam Taylor of Medway Council that Sun Pier is open again following some “enhanced engagement” with the electricity supplier. Note that overnight mooring is not currently allowed but we should take every opportunity to visit the Pier and the nearby Rats Bay river moorings if we are to keep them. Use them or lose them!
Please note there is no restriction on overnight mooring for the FREE visitors’ mooring buoys in Rats Bay, close to Sun Pier. If coming ashore to experience the delights of Chatham High Street, leave your dinghy on the inside of the pontoon or in the dinghy rack. There is no charge but it will cost you a pound to buy a token from the machine to get back through the gate. Sun Pier House is well worth a visit for the cafe and art gallery with a spectacular view of the river.
Adam Taylor from Medway Council says “Apologies for the long delay regarding Rochester Pier, I’m pleased to announce the electrics are finally fixed and the access gate works correctly, so the pier is open to day moorers again. “
Adam Taylor of Medway Council tells us that he is sorting out Rochester Pier’s electrics. Part of this involves inspecting the underside of the pier. Adam asks if there is someone with a small enough boat to help two contractors to survey underneath the pier. If any volunteers could contact Adam directly he’ll organise a time and date.
UPDATE 14.1.2019: work starts today on Rochester Pier electrics which will take up to 2 weeks to fix, in the meantime the pier remains closed including the upper section which has been open to the public. Hopefully we’ll find the fault and get it fixed once and for all.
Adam Taylor | Rivers & Paths Manager | www.medway.gov.uk/ | 01634333333 | Medway Council Dock Road Chatham Kent ME4 4TR