Traders affected by the Eastbourne Pier blaze will be open for business today (Friday) after being re-located by the council.
A temporary marquee has been put up on the seafront on the upper promenade opposite the Burlington Hotel, next to the Carpet Gardens. Military Heroes Teddy Bears, Sugar Rush, Relish, and the Glass Studio are among those looking to get back on their feet after the fire ripped through the historic landmark on July 30.
“We have been working hard to help the pier traders and people who have lost their jobs as a result of the fire,” said Carolyn Heaps, Cabinet member for Tourism and Leisure at Eastbourne Borough Council.
“We have given the traders the site free of charge so they can continue trading despite the pier closure and we hope people will show their support by visiting them there.”
Many traders had feared the worst after the fire. It emerged the majority had struggled with finding insurance for their businesses and were faced with the prospect of losing their livelihoods. The council put pop-up stalls in place for last week’s Airbourne festival, one of the busiest times of the year.
Glass Studio owner Glenda Melluish has been on the pier making glass sculptures since 1968. However, she said her business is still struggling, despite the welcomed efforts from the council and pier management team. She said, “We still can’t make our products until we’re back on the pier. We’re selling existing stock but it will run out next month.”
The pier was expected to re-open in October but that may be delayed following the death of worker Stephen Penrice.