It’s official – Hastings Pier IS an asset of community value

News that Hastings Pier has been designated by the borough council as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been warmly welcomed by campaigners. The application for the pier to be recognised as an ACV was made by The Friends of Hastings Pier earlier this year, it was then up to Hastings Borough Council (HBC) […]

Administrators say sale gives pier the best chance of survival

Hastings Pier was sold to the bidder most likely to make it a success and secure its long term future. That’s the message in a document published this week by administrators Smith and Williamson (S&W) that says the pier was sold to the bidder who could, “demonstrate the highest probability of supporting its ongoing trading […]

SOLD – Sheikh Abid Gulzar is the new owner of Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier has been sold and the new owner is Sheikh Abid Gulzar the man who has owned Eastbourne Pier since 2015. A statement issued by administrators Smith and Williamson to Hastings In Focus just after 10pm tonight read: “…since the Hastings Pier Charity went into administration we have been working extremely hard to find […]

Bidders in final frenzy of activity but who will land the knock–out blow?

Like the best boxing match the battle for control of Hastings Pier looks set to go all the way to the final bell with neither side giving an inch and the decision going to the judges. Writing on social media this morning Jess Steele, the woman who reconstituted the Friends of Hastings Pier group in […]

Pier protest gets underway

It was organised at short notice but the protest staged on Hastings Pier tonight looks so-far to have been a bit of a damp squib. Hastings is a town of almost 100,000 people yet by just before 7pm tonight only a few hundred had turned up to register their protest at the news today that […]

Is tonight’s gig the end of the pier show?

Is it the end of the line for Friends of Hastings Pier’s attempt to keep the town’s award winning pier under community control? There is to be a protest on the pier from 6pm tonight (Wednesday) organised by the pier’s staff. Staff who have been keeping the pier running while it has been in administration […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED Counting down 31 DAYS and £93,934 to go…

Friends of Hastings Pier have extended the deadline for its Crowdfunding campaign. The fund raising effort was due to finish on Friday at 9pm, however it has been extended to June 30. Under the rues of Crowdfunder if a campaign does not reach its target by the deadline it has set the money collected is […]

Give us more time – pier staff’s heartfelt plea

Staff working on Hastings Pier took to social media yesterday to plead with administrators Smith and Williamson to take their time time to make sure they find the right buyer for the pier. Some staff have voiced concern that a meeting earlier this week between the administrators and the Heritage Lottery Fund – which backed […]