LETTER: Phoenix out of the ashes

I had a pleasant walk along Eastbourne Pier recently. Sheikh Abid Gulzar has created a lovely spacious blank canvas on which to provide a ‘phoenix out of the ashes’.

It’s a great improvement now the noisy, sleazy amusement arcade has gone. The small ones are quiet and unobtrusive. My comment here is that although the picnic tables and seats are attractive, they do not make for comfortable sitting. What happened to all the Victorian benches lining the sides of the pier?

We need some seating in a sheltered area out of the wind, which can be used all year. I like the idea of a (small) children’s area to encourage families.

Yes, yes, yes, no dogs or bikes, very sensible. Are there going to be any public toilets? Many people cannot get down the steep steps to those on the lower level.

I admire what Mr Gulzar is doing. It all takes time and a lot of cash, but what a splendid feature of the town when completed. Well done, sir.

PS: no picnics – good! No rubbish left blowing around.

A Richards

Spencer Road

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