Hotelier Sheik-Abid Gulzar said the confusion over the pier sale last week was ‘a technicality between two sets of lawyers’ - and has promised to ‘bring love to the pier’.
Contracts were finally exchanged on the sale of the Victoria structure at 4.40pm on Thursday (October 22) between Mr Gulzar and Cuerden Leisure.
Mr Gulzar said, “I am very pleased it is now common knowledge that I have bought the pier. This is a very exciting project for me and my team, and we will be working very hard from day one,’ he said.
“I realise there may be some people wondering what we are going to do, but it will take a little time to work through all of our plans we have.
“But it’s no secret that what we will be doing will be big and bold. We haven’t bought the lovely pier just to let it look like it does today.
“There has to be change - and change for the better. It is my job to make sure that happens.”
Mr Gulzar said he is looking forward to working with the key people in Eastbourne, including the borough council and MP Caroline Ansell.
“I am aware some people have knocked me in the past for what I have done, but I am a determined man and I believe that good always shines through in the end,” he said.
“I am proud of the three hotels that I owe, plus our nursery in Beach Road, and I am going to make sure I feel proud to own the pier as well.
“As I said last week, it needs love. I will bring that love to the pier.”
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