THE LONG-running dispute between the leaseholders of the Wish Tower Restaurant and Eastbourne Borough Council appears to have been settled.
The council has revealed it will take possession of the restaurant on November 1 and it will require a major facelift before it is reopened.
A council spokesperson said, “After a period of negotiation with the leaseholders, the council will take possession of the restaurant and it is anticipated the site will require extensive investment and refurbishment prior to it being reopened. During this period, there will be no public access to the site or its facilities.
“Once the restoration is underway, the council will focus on procuring a suitable partner to run the restaurant when it reopens in the spring of 2012.
“Residents can be assured that the council remains determined to ensure local people and visitors to the town are able to enjoy using a high quality establishment befitting one of the finest locations on the seafront.”
There has been dialogue between leaseholders Kypros Andrea and business partner Saeid Pakdaman and the council since the 21-year lease ended last October.
Tourism spokesperson Neil Stanley said, “The council is determined to return this key tourism venue to its former glory and encourage a whole new generation of visitors to use and enjoy it.”