Eastbourne Pier has been sold to hotelier Sheikh Abid Gulzar, according to the flamboyant businessman.
Mr Gulzar, who owns the Mansion and Albany Hotels along the seafront, and the Boship Farm on the A22, confirmed the sale had gone through this week.
He says he has paid an undisclosed amount to current pier owners Cuerden Leisure, which announced in the summer it was considering an option to sell.
It began talks with interested parties after council planners turned down a proposal to put children’s rides on the decked area where the Blue Room stood, before it was damaged by fire in July last year.
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