Amusements in a fortnight… cabins might take a little longer

Hastings Pier’s ‘family entertainment centre’ will be open within the next two weeks. Brett McLean, one of the spokesmen for pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar, confirmed to Hastings In Focus that the centre, approved by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee at the beginning of the month, will open within that timescale, occupying the building in […]

‘Gambling in the dark’ pier architect unhappy at entertainment centre plan

The man who designed Hastings pier has hit out at a decision by local planners to allow a ‘family entertainment centre’ to be developed right in the middle of the Stirling Prize winning structure. In the latest edition of Architects Journal dRMM co-founder and the man behind the design of the pier, Alex de Rijke, […]

A tale of three places – Paignton, Poundbury and Hastings Pier

Stephanie Gaunt has adopted the alter-ego ‘Hastings Battleaxe’ and on her own blog expresses her forthright views and opinions on a range of topics. Stephaine says, ‘Hastings Battleaxe does set out to be honest, but that means the posts do include the expression of some strong opinions – well, she wouldn’t be a Battleaxe otherwise, […]

Those were the days my friend – but today’s not so bad either!

Hastings means so many things to so many people. This series of articles began with one young man explaining his hopes and fears for his hometown and here Irmina Corder explains why she has come ‘home’ to Hastings, after 50 years, having been one of the town’s ‘hysterical, backcombed, swirling-petticoated teenagers’ in the 1960s. This […]

Hastings Pier is open to the public after three month closure

Pictures courtesy of Peter Norman HASTINGS Pier reopened to the public this morning. Owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar arrived shortly before 11am to find a film crew among those waiting to greet him. Opening the gates he said: “I am delighted that Hastings Pier is once again open to the public and look forward to seeing […]

Owners now say the pier WILL open before Easter…

According to its Facebook page this morning the owner of Hastings Pier is ‘feeling blessed’ as the Facebook post announces that the pier will be open by Easter – apparently contradicting an announcement made earlier saying the pier would remain closed over the Easter weekend. The announcement comes after both MP Amber Rudd and leader […]

Council receives complaint over planning chair’s running of meeting

A formal complaint about the way the chair of Hastings Borough Council’s Planning committee handled a recent meeting has been lodged with the authority this week. Confirming that they had received the complaint a spokesman for HBC said it would be dealt with by the council’s monitoring officer who will investigate the matter. While names and […]

Favourite stories from 2018 – The battle for Hastings Pier

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest stories in town this year has been the battle for ownership of Hastings Pier. In November 2017, in the same week that the pier was awarded the nation’s top architecture award, the RIBA Stirling prize,  it was also announced that the Hastings Pier Charity, which ran the […]