The new owner of Eastbourne Pier is holding an ‘open surgery’ this weekend to listen to the public’s views on what they want to see happen on the iconic site.
Sheikh Abid Gulzar - who owns two seafront hotels and a nursery in the town - is due to complete on the sale of the pier on Friday October 30 after exchanging contracts late last Thursday afternoon.
He says his first move will be to involve the town’s people because he wants to hear what they have to say.
He said, “I have been inundated with messages this week from the people of Eastbourne, sending me congratulations but also asking me what my plans are.
“Well, I say to them ‘I want to listen to what you would like to see happen to your beloved pier’.
“That is why I am inviting anyone to come and see me this Friday on the pier. I want to meet people and hear what their views are.”
Mr Gulzar says he is keen to see the pier as an integral part of the Eastbourne community and has already started planning a series of festive celebrations.
“I know some people expect me to come out straightaway and say this is what I am going to do to the pier,” said Mr Gulzar. “Well, it’s all at a very early stage, people must understand.
“We are not going to rush. We are going to talk with the people of Eastbourne, we are going to listen, then we are going to make decisions.
“I have a talented team around me and we all know we have a massive opportunity here - a massive opportunity to make the pier great again.
“And great it will be. People will be talking about Eastbourne Pier all over the country, and for the right reasons I am sure. We are all very excited.”
Everyone is welcome to meet Mr Gulzar and his team between noon and 2pm on Saturday at the entrance to the pier.
If the weather is bad, the meeting will be held in the bar area.
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