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Eastbourne Pier

Postby EAS » 10 May 2009, 08:32

The pier (listed in 1971) has had its listing upgraded to II*, to recognise its importance.

http://www.visiteastbourne.com/thedms.a ... ue=3402872

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/8040156.stm


From Planning Resource:

The pier in Eastbourne has been upgraded from a Grade II listing to Grade II* following a review by English Heritage.
Described as one of the best exampled of piers in the country, it was originally listed at Grade II in 1971 but has now has it status upgraded to recognise that it is one of the finest remaining seaside piers designed by Victorian engineer Eugenius Birch.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport said the listing upgrade could help the piers' owners with plans for renovations. These may include repairs to the theatre as well as new attractions, with possibilities including a monorail and conservatory housing a casino or restaurant.

Culture Minister Barbara Follett said: "I hope that recognising its particular importance in this fashion will help to breathe new life into this Victorian masterpiece and will allow many more generations to enjoy the access that it gives to the sea."
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Postby jacoaster » 10 May 2009, 14:41

I walked around the pier a few weeks ago and it's in a very bad state. It needs a serious tidying up. The paint is peeling, wood rotting, fences missing (temporary barriers put up)... it's a shame because it used to be a really wonderful pier.

But this news of renovations is very promising. Hopefully we will see the pier return to it's former glory. :)
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Postby EAS » 10 May 2009, 17:35

Well, a II* upgrade is good news as then English Heritage has to be also involved with the work, and there's also a greater chance of grant aid.
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