Hastings Pier shop given the go-ahead

CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the fire-ravaged pier have been given a boost to help their fundraising efforts.

Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) applied to the council for permission to set up a temporary building by the former White Rock baths, which will house a showroom, gallery, office and shop.

It wanted to run the site for five years but at a planning meeting on Wednesday councillors decided to allow the trust to put up the temporary building for three.

The shop will sell souvenirs and ice creams to help raise money towards the eventual restoration of the pier, which was severely damaged by fire last October.

Councillor Godfrey Daniel, chairman of the planning committee, said: “I applaud what the end result of this is but I am concerned that five years is a long time and not really temporary. I would personally be happy granting a three-year permission.

“If it is not sufficient time for the trust the members could come back to us after the three years.”