Major work starts on Eastbourne Pier


Work has finally started this week to repair the hugely popular Camera Obscura on Eastbourne Pier.

The Obscura – which gives visitors a magical view of the seafront – has been a massive tourist attraction in the past and was often used as a viewing point during Airbourne.

The tower at the end of the pier contains one of the earliest camera obscuras ever made but it fell into disuse in the 1960s.

It was carefully restored in 2003 with a new stairway built to provide access to it but those stairs are no longer fit for purpose and work will involve restoring the east and west staircases leading up to the attraction to meet current standards.

There are also improvements planned to the camera itself.

The £65,000 is coming from the £2 million donated to Eastbourne by Prime Minister David Cameron to boost tourism after the devastating fire on the pier in 2014.

Mr Gulzar said he is pleased the camera obscura will once again be open to the public.

“This is one of the smaller projects of the £2 million fund but I hope people will realise this is a very important one, and I am delighted council leader David Tutt has said from the outset that he wanted this to happen.

“I am confident that once completed, it will increase footfall and be yet another reason to come onto Eastbourne Pier. We are all working very hard, seven days a week.”

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