CAROLINE ANSELL MP - Is a Conservative and the member of parliament for Eastbourne. She was previously a schools inspector, but is now representing the concerns of Eastbourne residents, many of which are worried that the Blue Room has been missing for some time now and must be rebuilt soon, echoing the concerns of Leigh Palmer, a senior planner at Eastbourne Borough Council (see below). The pier at Eastbourne is at risk and will remain on the At Risk register with Historic England until the Blue Room is back. No amount of tickling up the pier here and there with frills will do and in fact money spent on anything other than the urgent restoration works is money that should go toward rebuilding our famous skyline. The point at issue is that the Blue Room is needed to complete this pier. At the moment the public are getting mixed messages as to the intentions of all concerned.
HERITAGE TRAGEDY - Here is where the Blue Room should be, the missing third of Eastbourne pier. How much longer will it be before it is put back? That is the question everyone is waiting to have answered. The steelworks alone are estimated to cost around £3 million pounds. The whole of Eastbourne is waiting to learn of the new owner's plans for the pier that made it onto the At Risk register last year. Where did the £2 million pounds that David Cameron disappear to? Where did the insurance money go that should have rebuilt the Blue Room. These are all questions that we'd like answers for.
BBC NEWS 31 OCTOBER 2015 - BOATS COULD RETURN TO FIRE HIT PIER
Large boats could dock at the end of a restored Eastbourne Pier under ideas set out by the businessman who has bought the fire-damaged structure.
2014 BID - Jason Foster and Lloyd Stebbings crouch in front of the boats that they would like to save. Although they achieved a lot of public support for the proposed project, as far as we know it was the complexity of the application process that is delaying the bid. We know that applying for help from the Heritage Lottery Fund can be an expensive and time consuming process. There is also the match funding requirement, where sponsors are usually required to top up. This bid is still live and under development as Project Southern Queen independently of any pier project. Mr Stebbings is a time served boat builder and repairer. The pier last operated speed boats from the landing stage on the pier.
NEWS 26 FEB 2014 - A campaign to raise £500,000 has been launched to save the remains of the last two pleasure boats of a 200-year-old industry in Eastbourne.
NEWS 11 MARCH 2003 FUTURE IN DOUBT FOR PIER
SPEEDBOATS - Speedboat rides from Eastbourne Pier may have to end because of concerns over the building's safety.
EASTBOURNE HERALD 27 OCT 2015 - PIER SURGERY
The new owner of Eastbourne Pier is holding an ‘open surgery’ this weekend to listen to the public’s views on what they want to see happen on the iconic site.
LOOKING FOR YOUR OPINIONS - The current owner of Eastbourne pier, Sheikh Abid Gulzar is hoping to gain ideas on Saturday 31 October that may help him turn around this loss making heritage asset. The courageous entrepreneur is seen above on Friday 30th November, having completed the purchase formalities.
There are many suggestions already published as to possible uses for this outstanding structure, one good example being that by the Cleaner Oceans Club, a conservation group based in Sussex. It will be interesting to see who attends Mr Gulzar's invitation and what ideas are generated. At least the views of the citizens will be heard, and the event looks set for a reasonable day, according to the weather forecast below. We wish Mr Gulzar all the very best with his enterprise.
FM - In an interview with Sovereign FM, the entrepreneur expressed he love for Eastbourne and said the town’s pier was close to his heart.
EASTBOURNE PIER PLANNING HISTORY
Agenda and minutes - Conservation Area Advisory Group - Tuesday, 14th July, 2015 6.00 pm
Venue: Town Hall, Eastbourne
Contact: Simon Russell on 01323 415021 E-mail:
BBC NEWS 22 October 2015
sale of Eastbourne Pier, badly damaged by fire 15 months ago, has been
agreed according to a local hotel chain owner. Sheikh Abid Gulzar said he
agreed the deal with owner Cuerden Leisure on Wednesday.
OF THE PIER' - About one third of the 1870 Grade II* listed structure was
destroyed in the blaze on 30 July 2014. It was partially reopened in
September 2014 but a large section remains empty.
[left] CLR. DAVID TUTT - Liberal policies may not be what is needed to bring the failing economy of Eastbourne back to life. We might need something bolder. David is smiling here but in reality has he got a lot to smile about, apart from being re-elected despite constant traffic jams and service cuts. He is of course concerned about these issues and we imagine, trying to sort something out to benefit residents. [right] ROBERT COTTRILL - Was the chief executive officer of Eastbourne Borough Council at the time of writing in 2015.
'DELIGHTED' - Cuerden director St John Stott said: "A sale of
Eastbourne Pier did not complete yesterday. "We will let you have a
statement if and when anything happens."
WHITE ELEPHANT - The Pier suffered a fire on July 30, 2014 that ripped through a large amount of the central domed building. Sussex Police initially said that the fire was not to be treated suspiciously, though later the police said arson was suspected. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service deployed up to 80 officers to tackle the blaze, which allegedly started in wood paneling in the walls of the games arcade. Is it not about time that a law was passed to force pier owners to install automatic fire damping technology. They are built over the sea after all, so there is plenty of water about.
It's a strange thing that links Brighton and Hastings with Eastbourne; all their piers have had fires. Why is that? What is the common denominator? Well, pier operators rarely make significant profits from their seaside palaces, and profits are needed to keep historic buildings like this in good condition. Perhaps standards slide. The police took a different view in investigating possible arson, but came up with nothing in the way of evidence.
Pier fire 'dry run' just months ago - A small fire in wall panelling is believed to have started the bigger blaze. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "Around 60 firefighters are now in attendance and tackling the fire. They were called out at 3.13pm." A spokesperson told Channel 4 News the 12 fire engines are manned by crews who did a full fire simulation on the pier eight months ago on 3 December 2013.
THAT'S OUR GIRL - We are all hoping that Caroline will be able to make a difference to reverse the decline that Eastbourne is currently suffering from - and we love her understated powder blue coat. What we don't want is aerial displays that put the town and its citizens at risk, just to try and drum up some cheap publicity. The tragic Shoreham air crash is a lesson that should be heeded by any responsible council. What we need is some quality in the town and that begins with the Blue Room.
Eastbourne Borough Council
1 Grove Rd, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4TW
According to the Independent (Charlie Cooper) in April 2013, anything that spooks holidaymakers is seriously bad news for the “seaside economy”. Tourism brought in £346m to local businesses in Eastbourne in 2010, according to Tourism South East. It is the crucial thing that keeps the communities in such places working. For the shopkeeper and café owner, fewer visitors means fewer people hitting the streets, fewer ice creams, fewer sticks of rock – and less money in the till. With so many people employed in the sector, that soon has a knock-on effect which can lead to widespread decline in the local economy.
PIER OCT 2015 - “When the economy slowed down, people just downgraded where they were going. Those who used to go to America go to Europe, those who went to Europe go to a seaside town, and those that went to seaside towns don’t take
holidays.” Once upon a time the pier was crammed with people, and
we are talking about 50 years ago. Now it is a ghost pier, and bottom of
the things to go an see, unless you want a nice cup of tea and a sea
breeze, that of course you can get on the promenade. Judging from the new
banners gracing the pier entrance, can we expect to see roaring animals
wondering up and down the boardwalk, or perhaps in cages. We don't recall
that this was a feature in Victorian
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