LiveDavid Cameron and George Osborne visit Eastbourne

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  • Visit comes two days after a fire on Eastbourne Pier
  • Prime minister will today pledge £2 million to help the town's tourism industry

11:32am

"But of course all public services have had to make difficult, long term decisions on how they can be more effective and efficient. They demonstrated with this fire they were capable of doing the job they were asked to do."

11:30am

" I was also impressed to hear about the mutual support arrangements with West Sussex and Kent. They worked well..."

11:29am

On Government fire cuts, David Cameron said: "I asked the fire fighters what lessons there were to learn from this fire and they said they were able to get the number of fire engines they required on time at the site. They did a brilliant job in saving as much of the pier as they did."

11:23am

"In particular we are talking about the traders. The money is there to be used how they think best, whether in a hardship fund or making alternative facilities available for businesses to trade from or promoting the town as a tourist destination. It is up to the council. I believe in localism and I want to give the Eastbourne people the decision."

11:21am

"These are hard working people who have seen their businesses taken away on the pier. We've given £2 million to Eastbourne council and said they can use that money in a way they think is best and to help the people of this town who may be suffering after this terrible incident"

11:20am

"We talked about how we were going to get out the message that Eastbourne is open for business and how we will try and put things back together again as fast as we can"

11:19am

"I went to the pier itself and met some of the people who work there and had a good session with the firefighters themselves, plus local businesses and council representatives"

11:18am

Cameron told The Argus: "We went to the RNLI to see what the lifeboats had done. It is clear they played an absolute key role..."

10:23am

The Argus: David Cameron and George Osborne visit Eastbourne Pier 

10:22am

The Argus: David Cameron and George Osborne visit Eastbourne Pier 

10:21am

The Argus: David Cameron and George Osborne visit Eastbourne Pier

10:21am

Stephen Lloyd MP said he was delighted to hear the town would receive a £2 million helping hand.

10:19am

The Argus: David Cameron and George Osborne visit Eastbourne Pier. 

10:04am

All media have been rushed to Eastbourne's fire house in Whitley Road, where the PM will answer questions from the press. 

The Chancellor and the PM both took a look at the gutted structure, greeted by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and Chief Fire Officer Des Pritchard

10:02am

Two days on, the smell of burnt pier still lingers across Eastbourne's treasured seafront. Joggers, walkers and tourists all stop to take pictures of the monument's skeletal remains, for which David Cameron pledged £2 million yesterday to help restore. 

Eastbourne resident Donna McCluskey said: "What great news to wake up to. There has been a real community spirit in the town since what happened and it is really refreshing to see."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: "When it is rebuilt I don't want to see any nightclubs or arcades. Let's use this opportunity to get some heritage back on the pier."

9:53am

Prime Minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne have arrived in Eastbourne.

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10:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

wippasnapper says...

O’ lovely Eastbourne gets £2 million to help rebuild its Victorian pier but Brighton & Hove got no such offer when our west pier needed it
O’ lovely Eastbourne gets £2 million to help rebuild its Victorian pier but Brighton & Hove got no such offer when our west pier needed it wippasnapper
  • Score: 23

10:42am Fri 1 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The Pier owner must be a friend of David's to get so much money given at such a time when things are meant to be tight.

This money should be used to house the homeless but of course it won't be, they aren't important to our government.
The Pier owner must be a friend of David's to get so much money given at such a time when things are meant to be tight. This money should be used to house the homeless but of course it won't be, they aren't important to our government. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -13

10:49am Fri 1 Aug 14

MICKY389 says...

Complete co-incidence of course the Eastbourne is a marginal seat that the Tories hope to win at the next general election
Complete co-incidence of course the Eastbourne is a marginal seat that the Tories hope to win at the next general election MICKY389
  • Score: 24

10:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
The Pier owner must be a friend of David's to get so much money given at such a time when things are meant to be tight.

This money should be used to house the homeless but of course it won't be, they aren't important to our government.
Oh please, do shut up, you are like a broken record
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: The Pier owner must be a friend of David's to get so much money given at such a time when things are meant to be tight. This money should be used to house the homeless but of course it won't be, they aren't important to our government.[/p][/quote]Oh please, do shut up, you are like a broken record Mrbrightside1
  • Score: 14

10:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

monkeymoo says...

Perhaps he could show some appreciation to the firefighters that managed to work so hard and SAVE 2/3rds of the pier.
By not cutting back on firefighters, removing fire engines, and closing stations, and stealing their pensions!
Perhaps he could show some appreciation to the firefighters that managed to work so hard and SAVE 2/3rds of the pier. By not cutting back on firefighters, removing fire engines, and closing stations, and stealing their pensions! monkeymoo
  • Score: 42

11:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

stevo!! . says...

Maybe if he cut the number if immigrants coming in here claiming benefits we'd be in a better position than we are now and have a bit more cash.
Maybe if he cut the number if immigrants coming in here claiming benefits we'd be in a better position than we are now and have a bit more cash. stevo!! .
  • Score: -27

11:23am Fri 1 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Eastbourne was a Tory seat until the Lib Dems took it with a very slim majority. It's right near the top of the Conservatives target list to win back next year so that's why Cameron has decided to hand £2 million of tax payers to rebuild the pier in Eastbourne! If Eastbourne were a safe Labour seat or a non-marginal have wouldn't have bothered. £2 million of tax payers money (which they keep telling us they havn't got spare with all the cuts) is a small price for the Tores to pay to gain another seat in May.
In a way it's a mis-use of public money.
Eastbourne was a Tory seat until the Lib Dems took it with a very slim majority. It's right near the top of the Conservatives target list to win back next year so that's why Cameron has decided to hand £2 million of tax payers to rebuild the pier in Eastbourne! If Eastbourne were a safe Labour seat or a non-marginal have wouldn't have bothered. £2 million of tax payers money (which they keep telling us they havn't got spare with all the cuts) is a small price for the Tores to pay to gain another seat in May. In a way it's a mis-use of public money. sussexram40
  • Score: 8

11:37am Fri 1 Aug 14

lincsboy351 says...

Nice 'jolly' by the seaside for Dave and George. Nothing better to do? When will one of 'The Royal' be arriving?
Nice 'jolly' by the seaside for Dave and George. Nothing better to do? When will one of 'The Royal' be arriving? lincsboy351
  • Score: 6

11:48am Fri 1 Aug 14

Tammy Flugh says...

First the pier, now Cameron and Osborne. Hasn't Eastbourne suffered enough.
First the pier, now Cameron and Osborne. Hasn't Eastbourne suffered enough. Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 10

12:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

I heard Lucas was rushing over there as she thought they were fracking at the pier then she found out it was a fire.
I heard Lucas was rushing over there as she thought they were fracking at the pier then she found out it was a fire. NickBrt
  • Score: 3

1:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

lovethegreens says...

What a cynical bunch you are...look at it as it is, a good news story. I'm sure they would have done the same in any seaside town.
What a cynical bunch you are...look at it as it is, a good news story. I'm sure they would have done the same in any seaside town. lovethegreens
  • Score: -5

1:43pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Man of steel says...

Apparently, according to a news article just on TV, this money is part of a much larger sum being shared by various tourist towns.
Brighton is going to spend their share on a tourist hostel.
Apparently, according to a news article just on TV, this money is part of a much larger sum being shared by various tourist towns. Brighton is going to spend their share on a tourist hostel. Man of steel
  • Score: -3

2:32pm Fri 1 Aug 14

maxiboy_ says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Eastbourne was a Tory seat until the Lib Dems took it with a very slim majority. It's right near the top of the Conservatives target list to win back next year so that's why Cameron has decided to hand £2 million of tax payers to rebuild the pier in Eastbourne! If Eastbourne were a safe Labour seat or a non-marginal have wouldn't have bothered. £2 million of tax payers money (which they keep telling us they havn't got spare with all the cuts) is a small price for the Tores to pay to gain another seat in May.
In a way it's a mis-use of public money.
Not if UKIP have anything to do with it. Eastbourne residents know what they have to do to help get OUR country back.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Eastbourne was a Tory seat until the Lib Dems took it with a very slim majority. It's right near the top of the Conservatives target list to win back next year so that's why Cameron has decided to hand £2 million of tax payers to rebuild the pier in Eastbourne! If Eastbourne were a safe Labour seat or a non-marginal have wouldn't have bothered. £2 million of tax payers money (which they keep telling us they havn't got spare with all the cuts) is a small price for the Tores to pay to gain another seat in May. In a way it's a mis-use of public money.[/p][/quote]Not if UKIP have anything to do with it. Eastbourne residents know what they have to do to help get OUR country back. maxiboy_
  • Score: 2

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