Eastbourne pier owner speaks out over Hastings’ award

Mr Gulzar on Eastbourne Pier (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160408-083038008
Mr Gulzar on Eastbourne Pier (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160408-083038008

The owner of Eastbourne Pier has congratulated Hastings Pier being named the best in the country – but he says it’s hardly a level playing field.

Abid Gulzar was speaking after the National Piers Society named Hastings as the best pier in the country, with Worthing named second.

Hastings has benefited from £11.4 million lottery funding while Worthing’s is funded by the council.

Mr Gulzar said: “I am very happy for Hastings but you have to put this in perspective. I am funding Eastbourne Pier completely on my own and believe me it is not easy.

“I knew this would be the case when I bought the pier but it does feel a bit bitter that I have not had any support with funding.”

Mr Gulzar still believes the majority of the £2 million from the Government after the 2014 fire should be spent on the pier. He said: “The working group has apportioned less than 10 per cent of the grant towards the pier. That’s wrong.”

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