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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
"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."
" I was also impressed to hear about the mutual support arrangements with West Sussex and Kent. They worked well..."
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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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"
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..."
Stephen Lloyd MP said he was delighted to hear the town would receive a £2 million helping hand.
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
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."
Prime Minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne have arrived in Eastbourne.