I can recall that when I was a child one always had to pay an entrance fee to go on the pier. A man would sit in a small office by the entrance, the charge would be about sixpence [2.5p] per person and a child would be admitted accompanied by an adult at half price. A ticket was issued and visitors then passed through a turnstile. On leaving the pier one was asked to show the ticket, which, when the pier closed, ensured that everyone had left.
I am fully in favour of charging for entrance to Eastbourne Pier. The personnel who supervise this payment will have to be of a calibre similar to a nightclub bouncer, especially in the evenings. However, damage will be kept to a minimum.
Eastbourne needs a new image. It will never revert to that which it once had, more’s the pity, but it is going downhill fast at present. We are not Brighton, we do not want to be like Brighton, and our difference should attract more visitors. If the Sheikh can do this for the town more power to his elbow. Someone has got to do something before it is too late.
Mrs J I Hoban
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