Prime Minister David Cameron announces £2 million funding after Eastbourne pier fire

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

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The prime minister will today pledge £2 million to help Eastbourne recover from the devastating pier fire.

The money will help the town's tourism industry to recover and ensure "people can start enjoying the pier again".

The fire on Wednesday destroyed a third of the 144-year-old Grade II-listed attraction.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The Government is absolutely committed to supporting coastal towns, and through our long-term economic plan we are creating jobs and boosting tourism.

"Schemes like our Coastal Communities Fund are helping them to reach their full potential. “I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne’s most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover.”

Chancellor George Osborne said: "Eastbourne Pier is a much loved local attraction and this fire is devastating news.

“I am therefore delighted to be able to provide financial support so we can minimise the effect on business and tourism.

“We will work with Eastbourne as a matter of urgency to ensure that the funding is provided without delay so people can start enjoying the pier again.”

The Prime Minister and Chancellor will also today announce an extra £3 million for the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to encourage growth and create jobs in coastal towns.

The announcement of extra funding comes as Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt named 10 coastal towns who will receive £8.5 million from the fund - including for a new YHA in Brighton.

The money will be used to boost the tourism, regenerate historic sites and provide new flood defences.

 

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6:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

Great news it's the focal point of Eastbourne, I'm still wondering why the little May fire of Brighton seafront road has not been repaired or even started as basically the town is grinding to a halt, nice to see Brighton are getting a new flophouse!

Well done Eastbourne.
Great news it's the focal point of Eastbourne, I'm still wondering why the little May fire of Brighton seafront road has not been repaired or even started as basically the town is grinding to a halt, nice to see Brighton are getting a new flophouse! Well done Eastbourne. rogerthefish
  • Score: 16

6:28am Fri 1 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Hopefully they won't set up a pier trust where the money just vanishes, sorry gets spent on consultations.
Hopefully they won't set up a pier trust where the money just vanishes, sorry gets spent on consultations. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 25

8:06am Fri 1 Aug 14

john newman says...

Amazing how we seem to have the i sore 360 underway but nothing for other projects.
Amazing how we seem to have the i sore 360 underway but nothing for other projects. john newman
  • Score: 12

8:17am Fri 1 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

john newman wrote:
Amazing how we seem to have the i sore 360 underway but nothing for other projects.
Like getting the hole in the seafront road filled.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: Amazing how we seem to have the i sore 360 underway but nothing for other projects.[/p][/quote]Like getting the hole in the seafront road filled. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 11

8:41am Fri 1 Aug 14

RottingdeanRant says...

As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?
As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent? RottingdeanRant
  • Score: 6

8:52am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

RottingdeanRant wrote:
As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?
The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money....
[quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?[/p][/quote]The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money.... Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 8

9:45am Fri 1 Aug 14

Eddy Reynolds says...

Nice pre-election bribe from Cameron in a marginal seat
Nice pre-election bribe from Cameron in a marginal seat Eddy Reynolds
  • Score: 9

9:47am Fri 1 Aug 14

Bugzy84 says...

This is good news, once these structures get damaged and stop being maintained they can quickly end up lost forever and only in rare cases are they replaced as they are not financially economical to build.
This is good news, once these structures get damaged and stop being maintained they can quickly end up lost forever and only in rare cases are they replaced as they are not financially economical to build. Bugzy84
  • Score: 5

10:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
This is good news, once these structures get damaged and stop being maintained they can quickly end up lost forever and only in rare cases are they replaced as they are not financially economical to build.
Bit like silly towers.Vertical cable car my @rse. i360 has a new name
Kitcats Folly.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: This is good news, once these structures get damaged and stop being maintained they can quickly end up lost forever and only in rare cases are they replaced as they are not financially economical to build.[/p][/quote]Bit like silly towers.Vertical cable car my @rse. i360 has a new name Kitcats Folly. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 1

10:18am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Let's hope they install sprinklers in the rebuild, prevent it happening again
Let's hope they install sprinklers in the rebuild, prevent it happening again Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 4

10:52am Fri 1 Aug 14

maxiboy_ says...

An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May.

VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back.
An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May. VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back. maxiboy_
  • Score: 2

10:54am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

maxiboy_ wrote:
An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May.

VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back.
UKIP UKIP UKIP close our borders! Put the GREAT back in Britain
[quote][p][bold]maxiboy_[/bold] wrote: An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May. VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back.[/p][/quote]UKIP UKIP UKIP close our borders! Put the GREAT back in Britain Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 1

10:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

dfsmith says...

Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down?
Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down? dfsmith
  • Score: 3

11:08am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

dfsmith wrote:
Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down?
As it was already closed and a wreck when the fire happened
[quote][p][bold]dfsmith[/bold] wrote: Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down?[/p][/quote]As it was already closed and a wreck when the fire happened Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 4

11:09am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Mrbrightside1 wrote:
dfsmith wrote:
Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down?
As it was already closed and a wreck when the fire happened
However, I totally share your sentiment that they should have maybe stepped in and restored it, instead of us getting lumbered with the i3shitty
[quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dfsmith[/bold] wrote: Why didn't the government help when Brighton's West Pier burnt down?[/p][/quote]As it was already closed and a wreck when the fire happened[/p][/quote]However, I totally share your sentiment that they should have maybe stepped in and restored it, instead of us getting lumbered with the i3shitty Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 4

11:47am Fri 1 Aug 14

RottingdeanRant says...

Mrbrightside1 wrote:
RottingdeanRant wrote:
As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?
The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money....
The main news did confirm that it was insured.
[quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?[/p][/quote]The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money....[/p][/quote]The main news did confirm that it was insured. RottingdeanRant
  • Score: 1

1:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

ken standing says...

....... and the owner is a £multi-multi-millio
naire

...... but, funnily enough, in an age of extreme austerity, nevertheless, Cameron can give £2million of public funds to a marginal constituency.

Owners of all fire-damaged properties can expect a cheque in the post from Dave in future presumably.
....... and the owner is a £multi-multi-millio naire ...... but, funnily enough, in an age of extreme austerity, nevertheless, Cameron can give £2million of public funds to a marginal constituency. Owners of all fire-damaged properties can expect a cheque in the post from Dave in future presumably. ken standing
  • Score: -1

1:55pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

RottingdeanRant wrote:
Mrbrightside1 wrote:
RottingdeanRant wrote:
As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?
The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money....
The main news did confirm that it was insured.
That's not the case I know first hand that it has no insurance for fire damage, no pier has, risk is too high no ins company will touch them. Very sad.
[quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RottingdeanRant[/bold] wrote: As the pier is a private business and was insured why should any public money be spent?[/p][/quote]The pier wasn't insured as insurance companies won't insure them. So it's good that the government is stepping up and actually doing something positive with our money....[/p][/quote]The main news did confirm that it was insured.[/p][/quote]That's not the case I know first hand that it has no insurance for fire damage, no pier has, risk is too high no ins company will touch them. Very sad. Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 1

6:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

Mrbrightside1 wrote:
maxiboy_ wrote:
An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May.

VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back.
UKIP UKIP UKIP close our borders! Put the GREAT back in Britain
Surely, it's putting the little in to Englanders
[quote][p][bold]Mrbrightside1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]maxiboy_[/bold] wrote: An attempt by the Tories to woo Eastbourne voters in a seat they are desperate to win next May. VOTE UKIP at every opportunity to get OUR country back.[/p][/quote]UKIP UKIP UKIP close our borders! Put the GREAT back in Britain[/p][/quote]Surely, it's putting the little in to Englanders HJarrs
  • Score: 0

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