Do the owners of Eastbourne Pier, Cuerden Leisure, together with the Pier Manager, Christos Stylianou, really believe that the borough council made the wrong decision not to allow the funfair rides as one that “beggared belief”?
Come on now, our council members are not silly. I applaud their decision. Why? Simply because to have those rides and amusements installed was not going to be a five-minute wonder. I could see, as the council saw, that here was a proposal that would have severely if not permanently, delayed the object of the initial exercise which was to rebuild the Blue Room in its former glory.
The owners proudly state that they have invested £4m so far in the reconstruction. The owners have not invested any money of their own. The cost of re-decking and decoration has surely been met by the insurance settlement that they have received relating to fire damage.
Well done Eastbourne Borough Council. Whether the rides would have created a protective screen as the owners worry about – fearing that the wind would have blown people into the sea – is somewhat of a misnomer and let’s say a mild exaggeration. There would have been more danger of the pier visitors’ combined weight collapsing the structure. Hooray for our council for once.
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