Whether we approve or disapprove of Abid Gulzar’s gold decor on the pier, the fact remains that as a Grade II Listed building it is subject to certain caveats for reconstruction and/or artistic changes. Irksome yes, pernickety maybe, but there it is. C’est la vie!
That said, Jean Clark [Letters, August 12] makes some valid points in berating Eastbourne Borough Council’s past disposal of various buildings with architectural and heritage value (apparently at bargain basement prices!)
Perhaps on those occasions there was no viable alternative or White Knight to come to the rescue with the necessary plans and funds to save from decay and ruin.
It would seem from the council’s reaction this time that Mr Gulzar may have dropped an anachronistic clanger in deciding to paint the pier dome/lions gold, albeit with the best of intentions. The work is now on hold, pending further discussion.
Rather than look a gift horse in the mouth, hopefully in any renewed deliberations the council will be mindful that had Mr Gulzar not stepped in with a rescue plan the pier would have remained a sorry and ailing testimony to a bygone age, and a sad reflection on the town.
Surely a rethink and compromise that recaptures its former glory for future generations to enjoy is achievable.
Old Camp Road
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