LETTER: Let’s show some appreciation

For weeks now, I have felt incensed by the continuous and spiteful criticism of Sheikh Abid Gulzar since he purchased our Eastbourne pier. The man can’t do anything right, it seems, whatever he decides.

I see no reason why locals, and visitors wouldn’t be prepared to pay a small entrance fee. The venture is costing a considerable amount of money, and he will need compensation for this. Repair and change can only be done in stages.

Opening day showed freshly painted seating in blue/white, sparkling in the sunshine, also the large area of the Victorian café – such a noticeable difference! Inside was just as pleasing, bright and fresh with a bit of glam from the chandeliers. But done tastefully, and practical.

Fishing may be a pleasant pastime but it doesn’t bring money in. The pier at the far end was smelly, shabby and neglected, in dire need of fresh ideas, which Mr Gulzar is indeed considering. Give the man a chance, wait and see what he does.

I consider we are lucky he has taken this arduous task on (for no one else did). Let’s show him some appreciation for his efforts. I say congratulations to him for taking on a seemingly thankless task.

Barbara Selby

Victoria Road

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