Peering through the observation panels at Eastbourne Pier, it is easy to see what dedication, skill and, if you will pardon my language, sheer bloody hard work the contractors have put in restoring our beloved pier in such a short space of time. The new decking looks fantastic.
Putting on my visitor’s hat, the quality of the finish is obvious – but would I come back? Definitely not. To see what? A vast area of nothingness and, if I’m elderly and a little frail, I run the risk of being blown from one side of the pier to the other, because there is nothing to hang on to for support.
Eastbourne is going to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds in revenue because of the borough council’s decision not to allow fairground rides at the pier. We will become a laughing stock from all other pier owning seaside towns on the south coast.
Eastbourne is my adopted town after retiring three years ago, and I love the place. The councillors who made this decision should hang their heads in shame or, better still, step aside and allow someone with more courage, imagination and forethought to take their place. I’m a very angry and disappointed resident.
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