At the end of May, on its Facebook page, the owners of Hastings Pier said they were awaiting advice from Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and Public Health England about when and how it could reopen.
But with the message from HBC still very clear – that Hastings remains ‘closed’ – it seems unlikely tourist attractions like the pier will reopen anytime soon.
For such an iconic structure to remain closed becomes symbolic. Look through social media on any day and read comments by those who are sad, unhappy and even angry that they cannot walk on Hastings Pier.
So what’s next? Do piers even have a future? Or, in a post Covid-19 world will foreign travel once again become prerogative of the wealthy? Can towns like Hastings, and its pier, benefit from an increase in those who might choose to holiday in the UK?
Here we republish three pieces about the pier published over the last two years, each from a slightly different perspective.