Pier decision due next week

A DECISION which will have massive implications for the future of the pier is due to be made early next week.

Last Friday (November 9) trustees from the Heritage Lottery Fund visited Hastings to help them decide whether the bid for £11.4million towards the rebuilding of the pier is to be approved.

The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund would form the bulk of the £14million needed by Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) for the restoration project to be a success.

It is thought that the decision will be announced on Monday (November19).

There are other funding streams, which will play an important part in the project, however work cannot begin without the HLF funding.

If the bid was turned down it would be an enormous blow, and would stall the entire project for the foreseeable future.

If all goes to plan, work will start on the pier in April next year.

First the structure will be made safe, before work begins on phase one.

Firm of architects dRMM has produced the designs for the new look pier, and the first phase will include a visitors’ centre, a redeveloped western pavilion, and an open space with a wide range of seasonal uses.

A community showroom will be established if funding is secured, where plans will be on public display.

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