LETTER: You had to pay in the past

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The people of Eastbourne and the visitors in the summer are lucky that the pier is to stay in local hands. So many landmarks in the UK are being sold to overseas buyers and the wishes of the local people are not fulfilled and are lost for ever.

But upkeep the pier and a return to its heyday, with entertainment for young and old, particularly children, will involve a major investment. An admission charge of £2 – and, as a suggestion, free entry for under-12s – would be a reasonable sum to pay for at least two hours of entertainment. Years ago on most piers in the UK you had to pay for entry and £2 is less than a cup of coffee today.

Its a big chance for Eastbourne, with the Bandstand now refurbished, to let its other landmark return to how we all remember it years ago. Residents are so lucky to have a pier. Many seaside resorts do not. So they should cherish and support Mr Gulzar who has the interests of Eastbourne at heart.

I for one always enjoy a walk on the pier. If nothing else you get a lovely view of the Eastbourne seafront and where else can you walk so far out to sea?

Mr Gulzar has not decided what he intends to introduce on the pier – and I am sure will be open to suggestions – or whether he is going to charge for admission. But restoring it to its glory days and constant maintenance will require an income from the pier. I am sure the majority of people in Eastbourne will be glad to contribute.

Alan Cooper

Upper Horsebridge,

Hailsham

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