New eatery unit goes on to Wish Tower site

New Eastbourne Council catering trailer to be used initially at The Wish Tower. March 18th 2013 E12121P'Rose Rogers Banqueting Manager demomnstrates the trailer.
New Eastbourne Council catering trailer to be used initially at The Wish Tower. March 18th 2013 E12121P'Rose Rogers Banqueting Manager demomnstrates the trailer.

A gleaming new American style Airstream unit will take pride of place at the Wish Tower next week offering drinks and snacks to visitors along the promenade.

It will be in place in time for Easter and until the summer while a temporary new cafe structure is built.

The iconic American mobile unit has been bought by Eastbourne Borough Council at a cost of £36,000 and will be used at a wide range of crowds pulling events, including Airbourne, and a number of other events throughout the year.

Council officials say the brand new unit will create a new revenue stream for the authority as well as bringing an unusual attraction to the town.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps, portfolio holder for tourism and leisure in the town, said, “Here in Eastbourne we do things in style, and our stunning new Airstream will add a unique touch of glamour to numerous events in our busy tourism calendar.

“We expect to repay the investment in the Airstream within two years.

“We promised to have a catering offer in place at the Wish Tower for Easter and we will deliver on this promise while finalising our plans for a temporary food outlet.

“The Wish Tower without doubt occupies one of the most impressive positions on the south coast and we continue to plan for a superb new permanent café that will do justice to this wonderful location.”

The original Wish Tower café and sun lounge, built in memory of those in Eastbourne who suffered during World War Two, were demolished last year when a structural survey revealed it would not be viable to refurbish the building.

There was outrage from supporters of the cafe and local historians who accused the council of not doing enough to protect the building and acting too hastily to pull it down.

Plans were drawn up for a temporary café last year but these were delayed when a third party partner pulled out. High quality decking is now being installed on the site for the temporary café, which has been given planning permission by councillors who say it is imperative a temporary structure is put up as soon as possible.

The council has opted instead to operate the café using its own in-house team, Devonshire Park Catering.

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