Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Hastings: The seaside town named by government as having the lowest rate of Covid-19 infections

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Hastings is once again at the forefront of a battle to protect the shores of Britain. This time, it seems to be winning as the Sussex seaside resort claims one of the most resistent records against the coronavirus. Coinslot took the opportunity to speak with two industry operators with businesses in the town to discuss the lockdown, the prospects for the future and what it is that makes Hastings so resilient. Harry Symonds and Shaun Hooper explain all.

Solar solution: Hastings resident proposes arcade energy alternative

Solar panels Hastings
Following ongoing community resistance to Hastings Borough Council’s proposal to install solar panels in Hastings Country Park, one local resident has..

Hastings amusement park extension given the green light

Hastings, amusement park, extension, green light
Hastings is in for a bit of a revival. The pier has a new energy, its MP may become the next Prime Minister and now Flamingo Park is planning on growing upwards and outwards. A proposal to extend and refurbish a popular amusement park on Hastings seafront has been approved by the resort’s council. The plans - for a range of...

Hastings Pier back in business

Hastings Pier, waves
Hastings Pier reopened last Saturday, after an electrical fire in the pier cafe put the attraction out of action for a week. It has been five months since the pier came under the new ownership of property magnate Sheikh Abid Gulzar, who has credited the “very quick thinking” of his staff in “minimising the damage” caused on the morning of...

Amusements round-up: Hastings Pier sign slashed; Bingo hall go ahead and Mecca leaves Ashford

Hastings Pier
Pier sign slashed A sign highlighting the far-reaching support for Hastings Pier’s new ownership has been vandalised. Some in the town are unhappy with the sale of the site, but new boss, Sheikh Abid Gulzar remained buoyant. “I am very disappointed that anybody would want to do this. Suffice to say I am 100 percent focused on the future of...

Business knows best

Hastings Pier going private, and the i360 offered adoption by Brighton Pier, Olly Gully argues that councils should finally learn the lesson of their limitations. The more you learn about local authorities, the more you learn about the unfortunate reality that so many councils are blessed with busy bodies who don’t know much at all about business. They make predictions,...

Gulzar: Hastings doesn’t need charity; it needs hard work

Hastings Pier
In an interview with the Hastings Observer, new pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar expands on his plans for his new property, while also explaining what went wrong in the first place. What are your plans for the pier and will there be any amusements? I think there are already lots of slot machines in town, but we would definitely like to...

Sheikh Abid Gulzar wins the battle for Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier
Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Eastbourne Pier, has acquired Hastings Pier from Hastings Pier Charity for a reported £50,000 on 15 June. Speaking exclusively to Coinslot, Gulzar said he plans to create more commercial activity on the attraction, while also avoiding the same pitfalls that caused the previous owners to enter administration late last year. “The plans are to work...

Campaigners eke out more time in bid to keep Hastings Pier in community hands

Hastings Pier
With two private leisure operators just along the Sussex coast eying up the acquisition of Hastings’ architectural seafront jewel, the community group Friends of Hastings Pier have been given a glimmer of hope, time, to raise enough funds to be viewed as a serious bidder. The campaigners hoping to keep Hastings Pier in public ownership have been granted more time...

Brighton Palace Pier owner reveals interest in Hastings Pier acquisition

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  The owner of Brighton Palace Pier has revealed that his company is interested in adding the troubled Hastings Pier to its portfolio.   Luke Johnson, chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners LLP and The Brighton Pier Group PLC, said he had already begun the process of exploring a bid for the award-winning south coast attraction. The charity that operates Hastings...

Hastings Pier in turbulent waters

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  The Hastings Pier Charity group has been left planning a restructuring following an underwhelming summer period, whilst talk of private ownership of the structure has begun in Eastbourne.   Following a less-than positive 12 months of operation the charity that runs Hastings Pier has announced a workforce restructuring in light of poor earnings and discussions over a commercial takeover have arisen. Since...

£500m regeneration project announced for Hastings seafront

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A sweeping £500m regeneration project for the Hastings seafront, aiming to simultaneously protect its maritime heritage and secure prosperity for years to come, has been unveiled.   The Hastings Harbour Quarter Project will see a glut of investment throughout the area in order to improve existing facilities, increase economic capacity and home a working marina for more than 500 vessels. Developers have...

Hastings Flamingos sold to Luxury Leisure

Flamingo FEC
Henry Moreton has sold the Flamingo FEC and Amusement Park to Novomatic, as the international operator secures its foothold in Hastings, while Moreton seeks new ventures in the south west.   Hasting’s Flamingo Family Entertainment Centre and Flamingo Amusement Park have been sold to Luxury Leisure, a subsidiary of Novomatic UK. The sale marks yet another foray into the FEC market...