LETTER: Heritage must be respected

I’m writing concerning the future of Eastbourne Pier and the plans being considered by the new owner, Abid Gulzar. Most people in Eastbourne would expect the architectural heritage of the pier to be respected in the replacement for the Blue Room, if only to harmonise with the rest of the structure.

This wonderful pier, which was probably the best in the country, should not be defaced with some ugly modern building that does not complement the other buildings. Cost should not really be a consideration as this is a prime tourist attraction and a landmark on the South Coast. Mr Gulzar has an obligation to restore its former elegance and the council should be putting the £2 million into the restoration kitty they received from the government. Surely lottery funding for heritage projects could also be tapped ?

As a Grade-II listed building surely planning permission cannot be given to a replacement that fails to observe its heritage status. This grade of building is defined as particularly important and of special interest. To preserve this heritage, the people of Eastbourne deserve nothing less than its careful restoration.

Michael Roarty

Lindfield Road

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