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 […]

UPDATED – Pier to reopen on Thursday

Hastings Pier will reopen on Thursday its owners announced this afternoon saying they ‘apologise for any inconvenience’ and ‘look forward to welcoming you back’. Just a day ago Amber Rudd’s press team sent out a press release headlined “Pier to open for Christmas” but gave no further detail about reopening plans. Talking about her visit to […]

‘If the pier is in good shape it says the town is in good shape’

From the video vault With padlocks firmly securing the gates of Hastings Pier this week after a fire at the weekend we found this film on YouTube which looks at the aftermath of the 2010 fire and community efforts to bring the pier back to life. Re: A Pier is the work of film maker […]

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) […]

Positive pier meeting with local councillors, vandals are ‘cowards’ says new owner

The new owner of Hastings Pier has met with local councillors to outline his plans for the future of the iconic structure. Sheikh Abid Gulzar met with borough councillors John Rankin and Karl Beaney on Saturday afternoon, Mr Rankin said afterwards:  “As councillors we speak to a large number of  residents and the overwhelming feeling in […]

Business community gives its backing to new owner of Hastings Pier

Hastings’ business community has come together to extend a welcome to the new owner of Hastings Pier Sheikh Abid Gulzar and in a very tangible way. A banner has been put up on the railings at the front of the pier carrying the logos of 27 businesses, including Hastings In Focus, under the headline: “Hastings […]