Extra wait for pier bid decision

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Hastings Pier face an anxious wait to see if their lottery bid has been successful.

A team from the Heritage Lottery Fund was in town earlier this month to run the rule over Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust’s application and a decision was due on Wednesday.

However, because of the forthcoming referendum on electoral reform and local elections, the trust will not be told until May 10.

The trust wants £8million. But, with an overall pot of just £30million and heavyweight rivals including the Imperial War Museum, the odds are stacked against the trust.

Chairman Ray Chapman said the group remained hopeful.