Eastbourne Pier: Manager says fire damaged pier could reopen this year

Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier

First published in News

The undamaged part of fire-hit Eastbourne Pier could be reopened by the end of this year, its general manager revealed.

Christos Stylianou said they were working with the local council and English Heritage to replace the destroyed section of the attraction, which was covered by insurance.

Loss adjusters, engineers, contractors and insurers were working to reopen the 144-year-old, 1,000ft-long pier as soon as possible, he added.

Engineers will be checking the Grade II*-listed structure in the weeks ahead while contractors shift debris and start replacing damaged decking and steelwork.

Mr Stylianou said: "Subject to the outcome of the surveys, we are optimistic the undamaged part of the pier will open to the general public early on in the final quarter of 2014.

"Further ahead we will be working closely with the local authority and all its planning departments, including English Heritage, on how we can best replace the destroyed parts of the pier."

Traders, some of whom did not have insurance, have been told their rent will be waived until the end of the season, and a discount offered on their 2015/16 fees.

Mr Stylianou said it was "heartbreaking" to watch the fire destroy the main arcade building near the entrance to the Victorian pier, which is run by Cuerden Leisure Ltd.

"It is only when you nearly lose something that you really start to appreciate what it means to everyone," Mr Stylianou said.

"The people of Eastbourne have been unbelievable - the camaraderie, the pulling together - true 'Dunkirk spirit'."

Last week Sussex Police disclosed that the fire could have been started deliberately and they were treating it as "suspicious".

It was initially suspected that an electrical fault could have been responsible but police said clues now pointed to the fire being "started by someone, either deliberately or accidentally".

Up to 80 firefighters tackled the inferno on the attraction, which left the dome-shaped amusement arcade a scorched shell, but no-one was injured.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne visited to see the damage wrought as Downing Street pledged up to £2 million to help Eastbourne's tourism industry recover from the pier's loss.

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2:56pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...
I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore... Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -26

3:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

harbourguy says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...
Brighton and Weston Super Mare piers are always like ghost towns, never see anybody on them just tumbleweed
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...[/p][/quote]Brighton and Weston Super Mare piers are always like ghost towns, never see anybody on them just tumbleweed harbourguy
  • Score: -18

3:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bugzy84 says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...
oh the troll has come back out from under her bridge.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...[/p][/quote]oh the troll has come back out from under her bridge. Bugzy84
  • Score: 16

4:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
Youlikemyjugs wrote:
I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...
oh the troll has come back out from under her bridge.
Mediocrities everywhere...

I shall be strong.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: I'd close the whole pier down immediately. Nobody wants piers anymore anymore...[/p][/quote]oh the troll has come back out from under her bridge.[/p][/quote]Mediocrities everywhere... I shall be strong. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -15

8:48pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hoveguyactually says...

Actually it was never a very exciting pier, with nothing much of any interest on it, but at least Eastbourne has had a lot more guts than dreary old Brighton, who just let the West Pier rot away, and that was a much better structure before it got burnt down.
Actually it was never a very exciting pier, with nothing much of any interest on it, but at least Eastbourne has had a lot more guts than dreary old Brighton, who just let the West Pier rot away, and that was a much better structure before it got burnt down. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 1

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