Fairground rides in pipeline for the pier

Pier Flooring Update SUS-150705-131755001
Pier Flooring Update SUS-150705-131755001

Ambitious plans to put rides and stalls on Eastbourne Pier to replace the fire damaged Blue Room have been unveiled.

Pier bosses are looking for listed building consent for the scheme which they say will be for at least 18 months while plans are drawn up to redevelop the site the Blue Room, destroyed in last July’s blaze, stood on.

Since the fire the burnt out structure of the Blue Room has been removed, the pier structure has been reinforced and decking installed.

Crown Entertainment Centres, which owns the seafront landmark, wants to put waltzers, dodgems, a carousel, helter skelter, bungee trampolines, tea cup ride, a children’s train ride, arcades and stalls.

They say it will be for a temporary period of at least 18 months while plans are drawn up for a new building to replace the Blue Room.

Because the pier is a Grade II star listed building, English Heritage is being consulted and listed building consent will need to be granted by Eastbourne Borough Council.

The planning application was submitted to the council in April and people have until May 23 to make any representations.

A spokesperson said, “The proposals will include a variety of rides and stalls commonplace within seaside piers across the country to bring the pier back in to use while discussions continue regarding a replacement building.

“The scheme will provide a varied offer on the pier.

“It is our intention for the decking to accommodated the proposed equipment for 18 months prior to construction commencing on a new building to replace the Blue Room.”

A council spokesperson said, “We have received an application for listed building consent and a period of public consultation is now underway.

“It is anticipated this application will be heard at the planning committee on June 2.”

It is now nine months since the blaze which destroyed a third of the pier including the Blue Room and small shops.

Detectives are piecing together CCTV images retrieved from fire damaged hard drives and the investigation is still being treated as arson.