Intact part of pier may re-open in autumn

Intact part of pier may re-open in autumn

Intact part of pier may re-open in autumn

First published in News

THE undamaged part of fire-hit Eastbourne pier could be re-opened as soon as October.

Pier manager Christos Stylianou said he was working with Eastbourne Borough Council and English Heritage to replace the destroyed section, which was covered by insurance.

He said loss adjusters, engineers, contractors and insurers are working to reopen the 144-year-old, 1,000ft-long pier as soon as possible.

Engineers will check the Grade II listed structure 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 public early in the final quarter of 2014.

“Further ahead we will work closely with the local authority and English Heritage on how we can best replace the destroyed parts of the pier.”

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

He added: “It is only when you nearly lose something that you start to appreciate what it means to everyone. The people of Eastbourne have been unbelievable – the pulling together – true Dunkirk spirit.”

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

Sussex Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

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1:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

'Intact' part of pier appears to be the seaward bit, which was not damaged by fire. When it re-opens, how are people going to get there across the burned out but in the middle?
'Intact' part of pier appears to be the seaward bit, which was not damaged by fire. When it re-opens, how are people going to get there across the burned out but in the middle? Goldenwight
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11:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

SimonS says...

The article mentioned they'll replace the decking, which I guess will be relatively straight forward. I imagine the pavillion will be boarded/fenced off and access will be around the outside. I guess they'll open one side so that they can work on the pavillion from the other, and then move access to the other side as work advances. I'm glad there seems to be a bit of momentum behind the idea of getting the pier up and running again so soon.
The article mentioned they'll replace the decking, which I guess will be relatively straight forward. I imagine the pavillion will be boarded/fenced off and access will be around the outside. I guess they'll open one side so that they can work on the pavillion from the other, and then move access to the other side as work advances. I'm glad there seems to be a bit of momentum behind the idea of getting the pier up and running again so soon. SimonS
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