D-Day for pier future

The future of Hastings Pier could be decided after today. Heritage Lottery Fund trustees are travelling down to take a look at the building which was badly damaged by a major fire in 2010

D-Day for pier future

Workers assess the damage after the fire on Hastings Pier Credit: PA

Lottery officials are visiting Hastings Pier today, after it was badly damaged by a major fire in 2010. The fact finding visit will help the Heritage Lottery Fund decide later this month whether to approve an £11m bid from the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust to rebuild the structure.

Peter Chowney, from Hastings Borough Council, said: “We have seen some very welcome investment in Hastings over recent years, and there is a real positive feel about our future. Our seafront is a key part of that – it’s our shop window, it’s what investors see in our town."

The future of the Hastings Pier remains undecided Credit: PA