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."
A 200 tonne building has been lifted onto the end of Southend Pier. It was transported along the Thames last night and will become a cultural centre. It will house exhibitions, performances and artworks.
The owners of Hastings pier could be forced to relinquish control of it after they failed to start repair work. The Victorian pier was ravaged by fire following an arson attack in 2010. Hastings Borough Council is expected to issue Ravenclaw Investment with a compulsory purchase order.