OUT IN THE FIELD: Can fishing on Eastbourne Pier be saved?

Fishing on the end of Eastbourne Pier
Fishing on the end of Eastbourne Pier

While Annemarie Field is sipping cocktails and shopping in the city that never sleeps, she’s handed the reins of her column over to me, fellow reporter Maria Hudd.

I have never been fishing, and I don’t eat seafood, but it was with a heavy heart I read the news that Eastbourne Pier’s new owner, Sheikh Abid Gulzar, has told the fishing business at the end of the pier they can’t renew their lease when it runs out in February.

People have been fishing from the end of the pier for as long as I can remember and they go about their business quietly and efficiently, causing no bother to the pier’s visitors.

I understand Mr Gulzar’s intentions and the obvious need to ensure the structure is safe, but I struggle to accept there is no alternative or compromise that could allow the fishermen to continue alongside the planned works, or even return once the improvements and safety measures have been put in place.

Whatever happens, I hope this popular and long-running business can find a solution that means they won’t have to close completely, for that would be a incredible shame.

An email popped into the Herald inbox this week expressing frustration at the fact another Terminus Road shop was closing its doors as a result of the street market taking its customers. While it is always sad to see a business shut down, I don’t believe the finger of blame should be pointed at the street market.

The popular stalls are not there every day and on the days they do frequent the street, it brings added footfall to the area and is something to be embraced, not criticised.

I watched 24 Hours in A&E for the first time this week after I heard an Eastbourne man hit by a car in Langney was set to appear on the show.

The whole programme reminded me of how fragile life is and I made sure to give my loved ones an extra tight squeeze that evening, and every evening since.

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