Eastbourne pier named on national at risk register

Eastbourne Pier at low tide by Andrew Strudwick SUS-150309-094858001
Eastbourne Pier at low tide by Andrew Strudwick SUS-150309-094858001

Concerns over the state of Eastbourne Pier has seen the landmark named on a national register of ‘at risk’ buildings this week.

The annual list from Historic England highlights sites of historical significance around the country, which are at risk of falling into further disrepair.

The organisation – previously known as Heritage England – say the Grade II Listed structure is in very bad condition and runs a risk of falling into a slow decay.

The pier was placed on the list before claims emerged this week that the pier has been bought by the hotel owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar.

Also named on this year’s register is Eastbourne Redoubt, two Martello Towers near Langney Point and the Parish Church of St Nicolas in Pevensey.

The organisation has particular fears for the Parish Church of St Nicolas, which it says is at immediate risk of further rapid deterioration due to a damaged roof.

In the South East, coastal defence sites are on the Register more than any other type of heritage.

The organisation fears sites like the Redoubt could fall into disrepair unless more is done to safeguard their future.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said, “This year’s Register gives us the most complete assessment of the state of our nation’s heritage yet. It shows that we are making progress, but also that the challenge is still significant.

“We are committed to working with local authorities, civic societies and everyone who is passionate about and values our heritage across England.

“The very things that make our regions special, are the things most at risk. If they’re lost, then a sense of that region is lost too.

“Together we can safeguard our most precious places and buildings for future generations.”

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