Work and Pensions secretary Amber Rudd paid a visit to Hastings Pier on the last day of November, to survey the conclusion of repairs after a small electrical fire broke out in the pier’s cafe.
The Hastings & Rye MP and former home secretary toured the attraction with its owner Abid Gulzar – who used the opportunity to confide in her his forward-looking plans for the pier in the coming year, which apparently include new food outlets, a gift shop, and an arcade offering vintage amusements.
Rudd documented her visit by posting a series of images on Twitter.
“Following last week’s small fire in the Pier cafe, I went to see the damage and progress,” she said. “Happy to say it’s due to open again in a few days it’s a fabulous pier and a great asset to the town.”
The pier’s re-opening actually took longer than anticipated – with the site remaining closed to the public as investigators sought the precise cause of the fire.
Gulzar pressed for particularly intense scrutiny due to the recent installation of the cafe’s wiring.
“Given that the rebuilding of the restaurant was only two years ago, by the previous owners, this should not have occurred and needed a full investigation,” he told the Hastings Observer.
Whilst details as to the specific cause have yet to be made public, the pier reopened for general visitation last Thursday.