I am aware that Abid Gulzar has his support both in the community and on the council, and I hope the starlings show due respect for the garish, gold-painted domes and finials we now have on the pier, at obvious great expense. However, it seems a pity that he does not seem to think it important to replace the tatty Union Flags flying over the entrance and, perhaps, restore the clock.
What a shame that our pier was not retained by the community as in Hastings. It may have meant the burden would have fallen on the taxpayers but at least we would have been able to exercise some control over how the pier was restored and perhaps returned it, in time, to something like its original use. I certainly do not miss the ‘Blue Room’, or have any nostalgia for its former use as a ballroom/dance hall but we now seem to be perpetuating earlier ham-fisted attempts at restoration.
It may be a cynical view but I wonder how long it will take for the novelty to wear off for Mr Gulzar once the real high cost of maintenance of the pier starts to bite. I hope it’s not too long. Then, maybe, we will get a second chance to at least restore the pier sympathetically and pay attention to smaller details.
Church Avenue, Westham
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