Pier fire: this week’s answers to some frequently asked questions

Decorative hoarding around the entrance of Eastbourne Pier. SUS-140818-113117001
Decorative hoarding around the entrance of Eastbourne Pier. SUS-140818-113117001

MP Stephen Lloyd, along with the pier committee, has further updated a list of frequently asked questions in the wake of the pier blaze.

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• Fatality

Following the tragic death of contractor Stephen Penrice on the pier on Tuesday, the Health and Safety Executive and the police were on site to investigate the circumstances around the man’s fall from the pier onto the beach below.

Once their investigations have been completed, the pier contractors will be allowed back on site to continue with the repair work.

Mr Penrice was part of a team of specialist pier maintenance and repair workers. He had carried out annual work visits to Eastbourne Pier for around seven years.

• Concessionaires

All pier retailers were offered space in prime locations at the four-day Airbourne show. Most retailers had positions in or close to the Western Lawns area, while several had sites to the east of the pier. Feedback from retailers was positive.

• New home for traders

Eastbourne Borough Council this week set up a marquee on the seafront for pier traders who have had to move off the pier.

The marquee is on the upper promenade opposite the Burlington Hotel, next to the Carpet Gardens. It is a durable and good quality structure and will be in place all through the autumn and winter months.

The retailers are expected to open for business today Friday (August 22). They are being given the site free of charge to ensure they can continue trading despite the pier closure.

Individual signage will promote each shop and traders are allowed to put tables of products on the promenade outside their units.

• Benevolent Funds

The group overseeing the allocation of money from the Fund has its first meeting on Thursday, August 21. The group, which comprises charitable organisations, supported by Eastbourne accountants OBC, is reviewing applications from pier staff and concessionaires who have suffered financial hardship as a result of the fire.

More than £6,000 has been raised from generous donations from individuals and businesses from the Eastbourne area. The funds are being collected by the Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce. If you feel you might be eligible for help, please contact the Chamber on 01323 641 144 or visit their website: www.eastbourneunltd.co.uk

• Fundraising

We welcome all fundraising efforts by local residents. If you are fundraising in a public place or on a public highway, you will need a licence to prove authenticity. If you would like to raise money for the benevolent fund, please be aware that some forms of collecting require a permit from the Council. Please contact Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 410000 and ask to speak to the licensing team for advice.

• Financial Advice

The Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau sits on the Eastbourne Pier Action Committee and is on hand to offer advice and support on a range of matters including employment, benefits, debt or housing to those affected by the pier fire.

The Bureau can be contacted by phone on 01323 417177 during opening hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am until 4pm and Tuesday and Friday 10am until 1pm. People can also visit in person during these times at our office in St Leonard’s Road.

You can also send an enquiry via the website www.east bournecab.co.uk.

The CAB is and independent charity which offers free, confidential and impartial advice to all.

• Cheers!

Craft Pier, the new beer brewed to raise money for the Benevolent Fund, will be on sale next week (Monday August 25).

Eastbourne Borough Council has given its support by stocking the beer in its theatres. Drinks distributor H.T.White has also pledged support by helping Craft Pier reach a wider audience, and several hotels are expected to stock it.

The Dolphin Pub in South Street should have ample supplies in time for this Bank Holiday Monday (August 25).