Purchase date is set for Hastings Pier

6/10/11- Hastings Pier- one year after the fire.
6/10/11- Hastings Pier- one year after the fire.

HASTINGS Pier could soon be in the hands of the council after it issued a compulsory purchase order to the landmark’s owner.

Back in December the authority gave the Panama-based owners Ravenclaw two months to start work on the dilapidated structure.

However, no work has taken place and the borough council will issue a compulsory purchase order on March 19 which is aimed at safeguarding the pier’s future. The authority has already spent more than £200,000 making the structure safe.

The long-term aim is for the council to hand over ownership to the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust once it has enough funding in place to rebuild the structure.

The trust is trying to secure £8.75 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was given an initial grant of £347,000 to help fund the development of a detailed business plan needed to submit a second stage proposal.

The one building which survived the fire has been plagued by vandalism and the trust commissioned a survey to identify options for safeguarding the structure from further attacks.

Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration, said: “We have given Ravenclaw every chance to put things right and yet again they have failed to face their responsibilities.

“We will continue working with the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust for the future of this important landmark.”