The company behind Hastings Pier has gone into liquidation with fears that the site could now be forced to close down.

Lion Hastings Ltd, the pier's owner, was wound up voluntarily in August and officially filed for liquidation in September.

Filings from the company, owned by Sheikh Abid Gulzar, show that the company had just £5,000 available to creditors while owing over £300,000.

Estimated total deficiencies for the company totalled £308,282.

The largest sum of money owed, nearly £100,000, is owed to Sheikh Gulzar himself. Other creditors include Hastings Borough Council who are owed over £30,000.


A council spokeswoman said: “Hastings Pier is an important asset for our town. We are aware that residents and visitors are concerned about it following the recent news about its owning company going into administration.

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“We are following these updates, particularly as the council is a creditor, but the Pier is privately owned so there are limits to what action the council can take.”

Friends of Hastings Pier, a community group seeking to save the pier, said they were “watching for any developments”.

Hastings Pier was bought by Sheikh Gulzar in 2018 and he also owns Eastbourne Pier.

Gulzar most recently said that he wants to buy the Grade II listed Eastbourne Grandstand.