Residents split over Eastbourne Pier veto

Pier Flooring Update SUS-150705-123848001
Pier Flooring Update SUS-150705-123848001

Eastbourne residents have taken to social media to react to the council’s refusal of temporary fairground rides on the pier.

As reported earlier today, the pier’s management were left stunned when Eastbourne Borough Council turned down the proposal.

Some have described it as an “awful decision” and “Eastbouring,” while others are pleased and argue there is plenty for children to do without a funfair.

Penny Hotchkin said on Facebook, “As a mum I think Eastbourne is fabulous for the children and actually wouldn’t want a fairground in the pier.

“I’d like to see a nice restaurant with glass walls all around. We really do have loads for kids in Eastbourne that’s why I live here.”

Tanya Stanley was also happy about the decision and thinks the fairground rides would have only made the pier more expensive.

Eastbourne pier

Eastbourne pier

“I love the fact we do not have a fun fair on our seafront. The whole joy of the seaside is that’s it’s a cheap day out (have you seen the prices of rides in Hastings and Brighton) where children can just be children,” she said.

But many were angry the council vetoed the proposal, like Raymond Newland Akerman, who believes more needs to be done for young people in Eastbourne.

“Put bumper cars on there and get the place happy, Eastbouring needs a younger, vibrant approach,” he said.

“Give something to the younger community, Eastbouring is for all ages not just for the elderly.”

Jacquelyn Goode said, “That is an awful decision, there isn’t anything for children on the seafront near the pier.”

Another annoyed resident was Carol Hagan who argued the council has contradicted itself by wanting beach huts in keeping with the seaside town image but not fairground rides.

“Why should the pier be empty at its busiest time!” she said.

“Why do they never support the youngsters of our town, it’s always about the old people. I’m in full favour of the temporary arrangement and having something for the kids to do.”

Eastbourne Pier owners upset after fairground plan rejected

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