Heritage Lottery Fund decision announced 19th Nov 2012:
Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) is delighted to announce today that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting the Trust’s plans for the rescue and restoration of Hastings Pier. With a grant of £11.4 million the HLF will provide the lion’s share of the £13.9 million needed to deliver the project. It is a great day for the people of Hastings and tremendous reward for the hard work and determination of all those who would not allow the Pier to be abandoned.
Simon Opie, Chief Executive of HPWRT said:
‘This is a brilliant decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the future of the Pier and the future of Hastings. The commitment and support of everyone involved has been crucial to this success and the Trust is indebted to a great many people and organisations. We will continue to rely on this support and enthusiasm as the project moves to its next, exciting phase. We now need to put everything in place to enable us to start work on the Pier in spring next year, and we will be setting out our plans for this shortly. We very much look forward to having the Pier reopened by the end of 2014.’
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:
“Hastings Pier has lived through over 150 years of history – from gentler Victorian times through to the Swinging Sixties and beyond. We’re delighted to be backing these ambitious restoration plans which will not only save the fabric of the pier but also put it right back at the heart of the community, providing much-needed opportunities for social and economic regeneration.”
Jo Brand, comedian, writer and actress, said:
“Hastings Pier was where I spent a great deal of time as a teenager and it was the gathering point for a whole generation looking to see bands and dance the night away. So, I suppose it's no surprise that I view it with enormous affection. I was gutted when the Pier was gutted and it’s really great news that the Heritage Lottery Fund is awarding such a substantial sum of money to help with restoration work. I can’t wait to see the new pier rise out of the ashes in the next couple of years. Hooray!”
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 33,000 projects with more than £5billion across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973613820
Simon Opie, Chief Executive of Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust can be contacted on 07980 984595/01424 435587.