Nursery plan for former seafront pub

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BOROUGH Council leader David Tutt recently met with Eastbourne hotelier Sheikh Abid-Gulzar to discuss his plans to convert a disused building into a children’s nursery.

Mr Gulzar, chair of Lion Hotels, has bought the site opposite the Fisherman’s Club - better known as Oscars or The Big Apple when it was a pub - and wants to convert it into a children’s nursery.

A planning application has been submitted and will be considered shortly by the council’s planning committee.

Mr Gulzar - who owns the Albany, Chatsworth, Claremont and Mansion Lions as well as two farms in the East Sussex countryside - said, ‘I was pleased Councillor Tutt found the time to come and meet myself and my senior management team.

‘Lion Hotels is very serious about doing everything it can to boost the town. Eastbourne is a great place and it needs more investment.

‘I am sure everyone will agree that we need to see more jobs created in our town, and more businesses opening.

‘Times are tough, economically, and we have to show imagination, initiative and bravery.’