Artists' impressions of how Hastings pier will look when its fully restored have gone on display on the town's seafront. Work has already begun to rebuild the historic pier, which was badly damaged by fire n 2010.
A column supporting Hastings Pier has been replaced, marking the very first stage of the restoration of Hastings Pier. It was partially destroyed by a fire in 2010.
Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, and lead member for regeneration, said, “after so much work and planning, it is just brilliant to see the work of restoring Hastings Pier actually getting underway. It is especially pleasing that local contractors are being used."
Hastings Pier could be restored soon after an £11.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The pier was almost destroyed in a blaze in October 2010. Images of how the new structure would look have been released.
Hastings Borough Council chiefs have spoken of their delight at the decision of the Heritage Lottery Fund to invest over £11 million towards restoring the town’s iconic pier.
Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “This is excellent news for Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPRWT), all supporters and of course residents of and visitors to Hastings.
“The council’s compulsory purchase order has been approved so we are now in a position to hand the pier over to HPWRT.
“We are very pleased to have played an essential part in the process of securing the future of the pier and remain committed to working with HPWRT to raise the matched funding required to complete the first stage of works."