Hastings ready for action: New owner Gulzar applies for retail units on pier

Hastings pier, Eastbourne, attractions, Sheikh Abid Gulzar,
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The owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers has made the latest move in his bid to make the former a viable year-round attraction.

The owner of Hastings Pier has entered an application for planning permission build five new retail units on the attraction’s decking.

The application, submitted by Sheikh Abid Gulzar to Hastings Borough Council, describes the units as log cabins with glass windows and doors, along with timber frames which will, in effect, be sheds.

It also describes itself as ‘part-retrospective’, because at least one of the sheds has already been constructed on the pier.

Gulzar told the Hastings Observer:“We have to continue to make the open deck area of the pier more appealing.That is why we want permission for these five temporary units to be set up on the pier.

“We are asking for permission for five years and I firmly believe that they will enhance the offering to people.”

Gulzar has already made it known that he and his team are formulating a business plan to make the pier viable as a year-round attraction.
He added:“We have to provide more reasons for locals and tourists alike to come onto Hastings Pier.

“These units will do just that and will compliment what my team has already done to make better use of the open decked area.

“It’s not rocket science that the pier needs to bring in more revenue – that was obvious long before I purchased it.

“I trust Hastings Borough Council will look favourably on my applications. Everything that I want to do is for the benefit of the town and its people.

“I am working hard seven days a week on the pier looking in any way I can to boost it and make it more appealing.

“Winter is coming and the weather will be getting worse but we still want people to come onto Hastings Pier. I’m confident they will.”

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