The Hastings Pier Charity has announced the official handover of The Pier. After years of hard work, campaigning and fundraising, the future of The Pier is now in local ownership.
At 10.00am today the chains were removed to allow access for works to begin. Initial works will include renovating the Pier’s Grade II listed substructure, refurbishing the only pavilion still standing on the Pier and the construction of a new visitor centre, which will also serve as an archive and display area for the Pier’s local heritage.
“We want a new pier as well as to restore the old, using sustainable materials wherever we can. We’ll provide open space not just for promenading but for family and community celebrations; a real attraction for tourists and a valuable asset for locals and the town" said Simon Opie, CEO of the Hastings Pier Charity, which will oversee the build. “We want to offer a 21st. century take on the traditional English pier and for it to be used often by locals and visitors alike, a Peoples’ Pier.”
“This is great news for the future of Hastings Pier. We are full of admiration for Hastings Pier Charity and its successful campaign to ensure a much-loved landmark is saved and restored to its rightful place at the heart of the community. This ambitious project will also create jobs, opportunities for new skills to be mastered and provide the perfect environment for local people to get involved as things progress.” Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF
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