Eastbourne Pier latest

Pier on fire SUS-140731-121443001
Pier on fire SUS-140731-121443001

Eastbourne Borough Council have revealed that the section of promenade under Eastbourne Pier should be open in time for this weekend’s Airborne show.

It was confirmed by structural engineers that the pavement is safe to walk on and that the pier flooring overhead is in good condition.

Disruptions were expected for the most popular fee airshow in the south but the news is set to be a boost for Airborne visitors.

While pier traders will be unable to capitalise on what is set to be a busy weekend, they also had some good news this week.

They were granted access to the pier on Friday August 8 and were able to recover stock, most of which escaped damage.

Some are already beginning to get back on their feet, while nearly all of the 38 staff who worked on the pier have found alternative employment in Eastbourne.

Sammy Morgan, the owner of a teddy bear factory which opened just four weeks before the fire, has already been re-loacted to a previously empty shop on Grove Road.

The clean-up operation on the pier is well underway ahead of the weekend.

Debris has been loaded into skips and repair work is progressing ahead of the proposed re-opening in October.

An entry and exit route is being prepared so the end of the pier, which was untouched by fire, can be accessed.

Meanwhile, the Pier Benevolent Fund, to help businesses which were affected, has raised more than £4,000 so far.