EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the news that Sheikh-Abid Gulzar has bought Eastbourne Pier.

She said, “I wish Mr Gulzar every success in his exciting venture of becoming the custodian of Eastbourne’s most famous landmark.

“This is a great opportunity for him and the town to build up this iconic structure once again.

“I’m sure that traders will welcome his 'hands on' approach, and we would encourage the council to work closely with him going forward.

“I have had the opportunity to see early plans of what Mr Gulzar wants to do on the pier, and if this comes to fruition, it looks very exciting indeed.”