Eastbourne disappearing behind a forest of scaffolding

Various scaffolding in and around Eastbourne, 28th June 2013 E27046P'T.J.Hughes, Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Various scaffolding in and around Eastbourne, 28th June 2013 E27046P'T.J.Hughes, Seaside Road, Eastbourne
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Shops, residential properties, council buildings, hotels and even tourist attractions such as Eastbourne Pier are carrying out improvement works. As a result scaffolding can be seen across the town.

Herald photographer Lauren Simpson took these photographs of some of the many building covered in scaffolding. Some may argue it makes buildings around the town look ugly during the summer months but others see it as a sign of a growing economy.

Jerome Farrow, chairman of Eastbourne Hospitality Association, said the scaffolding around the town had both pros and cons.

He said, “I know there is a programme of work at the Pier, so we can expect there to be scaffolding up there for the next few years.

“I think it is a good thing because it means people finally have the money to invest in the town.

“I guess it would be better if people could do the work outside of the tourist season but it is not always that easy.

“January or February may seem like the best time, but that comes with its own problems. Work with cement in cold conditions can cause problems.

“We painted our hotel in March, but if we have a year when Easter falls in March people will ask why we did it then. It is very, very difficult

“Generally though, I think it is good that there is investment in the town.”

Mr Farrow explained there had been a lot of scaffolding on the coast road in to Brighton and it had been in short supply locally as a result.

He said, “Maybe we are seeing more now in Eastbourne because people were unable to get hold of it before.”