EASTBOURNE BOROUGH COUNCIL
CLR. DAVID TUTT - Liberal policies may not be what is needed to bring the failing economy of Eastbourne back to life. We might need something bolder. David is smiling here but in reality has he got a lot to smile about, apart from being re-elected despite constant traffic jams and service cuts. He is of course concerned about these issues and we imagine, trying to sort something out to benefit residents.
HERITAGE TRAGEDY - Here is where the Blue Room should be, the missing third of Eastbourne pier. How much longer will it be before it is put back? That is the question everyone is waiting to have answered. The steelworks alone are estimated to cost around £3 million pounds. The whole of Eastbourne is waiting to learn of the new owner's plans for the pier that made it onto the At Risk register last year. Where did the £2 million pounds that David Cameron disappear to? Where did the insurance money go that should have rebuilt the Blue Room. These are all questions that we'd like answers for.
EASTBOURNE HERALD 27 OCT 2015 - PIER SURGERY
The new owner of Eastbourne Pier is holding an ‘open surgery’ this weekend to listen to the public’s views on what they want to see happen on the iconic site.
LOOKING FOR YOUR OPINIONS - The current owner of Eastbourne pier, Sheikh Abid Gulzar is hoping to gain ideas on Saturday 31 October that may help him turn around this loss making heritage asset. The courageous entrepreneur is seen above on Friday 30th November, having completed the purchase formalities.
There are many suggestions already published as to possible uses for this outstanding structure, one good example being that by the Cleaner Oceans Club, a conservation group based in Sussex. It will be interesting to see who attends Mr Gulzar's invitation and what ideas are generated. At least the views of the citizens will be heard, and the event looks set for a reasonable day, according to the weather forecast below. We wish Mr Gulzar all the very best with his enterprise.
We will report on this meeting in due course and hope to hear many ideas that will keep the character of the pier intact, but still provide a sustainable income for much needed and regular maintenance.
EASTBOURNE PIER PLANNING HISTORY
Agenda and minutes - Conservation Area Advisory Group - Tuesday, 14th July, 2015 6.00 pm
Venue: Town Hall, Eastbourne
Contact: Simon Russell on 01323 415021 E-mail:
BBC NEWS 22 October 2015
sale of Eastbourne Pier, badly damaged by fire 15 months ago, has been
agreed according to a local hotel chain owner. Sheikh Abid Gulzar said he
agreed the deal with owner Cuerden Leisure on Wednesday.
OF THE PIER' - About one third of the 1870 Grade II* listed structure was
destroyed in the blaze on 30 July 2014. It was partially reopened in
September 2014 but a large section remains empty.
'DELIGHTED' - Cuerden director St John Stott said: "A sale of
Eastbourne Pier did not complete yesterday. "We will let you have a
statement if and when anything happens."
WHITE ELEPHANT - The Pier suffered a fire on July 30, 2014 that ripped through a large amount of the central domed building. Sussex Police initially said that the fire was not to be treated suspiciously, though later the police said arson was suspected. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service deployed up to 80 officers to tackle the blaze, which allegedly started in wood paneling in the walls of the games arcade. Is it not about time that a law was passed to force pier owners to install automatic fire damping technology. They are built over the sea after all, so there is plenty of water about.
It's a strange thing that links Brighton and Hastings with Eastbourne; all their piers have had fires. Why is that? What is the common denominator? Well, pier operators rarely make significant profits from their seaside palaces, and profits are needed to keep historic buildings like this in good condition. Perhaps standards slide. The police took a different view in investigating possible arson, but came up with nothing in the way of evidence.
Pier fire 'dry run' just months ago - A small fire in wall panelling is believed to have started the bigger blaze. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "Around 60 firefighters are now in attendance and tackling the fire. They were called out at 3.13pm." A spokesperson told Channel 4 News the 12 fire engines are manned by crews who did a full fire simulation on the pier eight months ago on 3 December 2013.
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According to the Independent (Charlie Cooper) in April 2013, anything that spooks holidaymakers is seriously bad news for the “seaside economy”. Tourism brought in £346m to local businesses in Eastbourne in 2010, according to Tourism South East. It is the crucial thing that keeps the communities in such places working. For the shopkeeper and café owner, fewer visitors means fewer people hitting the streets, fewer ice creams, fewer sticks of rock – and less money in the till. With so many people employed in the sector, that soon has a knock-on effect which can lead to widespread decline in the local economy.
STEPHEN LLOYD MP - If Mr Lloyd had thought to table a motion to make it law that pier operators must have fire fighting equipment fitted, this may not have happened. In general politicians are not leaders, they are followers. They do not have original ideas, they simply invite ideas from all and sundry, pick one and ride their very comfortable careers all the way to the finishing line.
Accidental or deliberate, it matters not, we still lose our heritage. There are so many pier fires it is a wonder that insurance companies are still prepared to insure these high-risk structures. When times are hard it must be difficult to resist the temptation to light a match then sit back and fill in an insurance claim form. The next question is, will we see scenes like this from Airbourne 2016. Are this council going to start acting responsibly and ban dangerous events that potentially put the public and town at risk?
THE PIER SEPT 2015 - “When the economy slowed down, people just downgraded where they were going. Those who used to go to America go to Europe, those who went to Europe go to a seaside town, and those that went to seaside towns don’t take holidays,” theorizes the elder Keeley. “So overall it’s been the same.” But this year has been a shocker. Mr Webster, who supplies more than 250 gift shops like Bobster’s all along the south coast and has been in the business for years, said he has never seen an Easter weekend so bad. He is down 80 per cent on last year, because the shops he supplies just aren’t selling their wares fast enough.
“There was a time when we wouldn’t worry about a bad spring,” he said. “You could always rely on the summer. With the past two summers we’re not too sure. But my old boss used to say: ‘The bucket-and-spade business is recession-proof – all it takes is for the sun to come out and you’re selling again.’ ”
[But is that all it is - we doubt it - there is a perceived lack of vision
from the local authority. If you are not moving forward, you are going
backwards. Other south coast havens like Portsmouth
in Hampshire and Plymouth
in the West Country are plowing ahead.]
COUNCILLORS DAVID TUTT and COLIN BELSEY - It's no laughing matter chaps. Whose idea was the A22 and A27 anyway? East Sussex Highways made a terrible decision when spending public money on all the wrong road improvements. They should take a look at the West Country where the roads are superb. Long term losses from traffic delays is also a climate change catastrophe. Councillors who do not do their jobs properly should be made to go out and dig roads and do other public works to make amends for their poor performances. As we said above, politicians are not leaders. To be able to lead one has to have a vision. Where is their vision? Check out their websites and you'll see the same old waffle as on any other politicians (local government) websites. "Money for Nothing and your kicks for free." Dire Straits
ROBERT COTTRILL - Was the chief executive officer of Eastbourne Borough Council at the time of writing in 2015.
OFFICERS OF THE PLAYERS - in alphabetical order 2002
Tim Cookson - Head of Planning
Martin Ray - Chief Executive
Mark Reynard - Legal Services Manager and Monitoring officer
Norman Kinish - Planning, Regeneration and Amenities
Lisa Rawlinson - Senior Planning Officer
Graham Kemp - Principle Highway Engineer
Chris Geddes - Environment Agency
Richard Fowler - East Sussex Fire Officer
EASTBOURNE'S PLANNING COMMITTEE - 2001/2
Cllr Mrs Elkin
Cllr Bowker (chairman)
Cllr Mrs Charlton
Cllr Deschamps (deputy chairman)
Cllr Mrs Marsh
Cllr Mrs Skilton
Cllr Mrs Williams
Cllr Miss Woodall
CASE UNDER INVESTIGATION: APPLICATION EB.2003/0309
Spring Close, Upper Willingdon, Eastbourne
11 Residents and 2 businesses oppose intrusive development, likely to cause additional parking congestion contrary to the East Sussex Act and other dangerous situation at blind bend on Ratton Estate "rat-run" road.
No justification for intensified development above that recommended by East Sussex County Council a failure to comply with local policy HO12.
Failure to apply local policies as to parking provision in compliance with policies HO18 and HO19.
In consideration of Eastbourne Borough Council's failure to apply policy consistently we feel this matter should be reported to the District Auditor or from the Auditor to the Police or Parliamentary Commissioner for investigation as to maladministration and or where the suspected offence is a deliberate failure to advise in misfeasance, any possible criminal offence arising from this administration's abuses of process.
It is the duty of every member of this council to question perceived inconsistency in applying adopted policy and to insist of full reports where any doubt as to proper consideration or indeed consultation exists. This is so despite the fact a councillor may not want to confront an educated officer to question or to make him or herself appear lacking. New councillors are required to attend a crash course in planning law to equip them with the basics. Unfortunately, these courses do not arm members with sufficient grasp of the law to be able to detect guidance not meeting the standard required by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) from officers or favours from corrupt officers to developers rewarding officers with brown envelopes for turning a blind eye to policy requirements that would otherwise scupper a development proposal.
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