Rt Hon CAROLINE ANSELL MP
TRANSPORT - Amber Rudd and Gregory Barker join forces with Caroline Ansell on the subject of choking road traffic restrictions. Improve the A27 by all means, but that is not all that is wrong with Eastbourne. Don't get us wrong, it is a good start, but what about the bottlenecks strangling tourism in Eastbourne? ESCC Highways appear to have got their sums wrong in widening the A27, when it should have been a dual carriageway. Then there is Polegate and those traffic lights. The secret to improving trade anywhere in the world is to make it easy to get to where you want the goods to go. In the case of Eastbourne the goods are people as passengers. People who might want to visit interesting places. ESCC probably viewed Eastbourne as a sleepy coastal resort with an aging population that did not need a first class transport network. Thank heavens that Mrs Ansell thinks otherwise. Way to go Caroline. See our page on Eastbourne potholes by clicking on the picture above.
OCTOBER 31 2015 - Lord Brett McLean and Caroline Ansell on Eastbourne pier during the public question and answer session hosted by Mr Abid Gulzar. Nice coat Caroline. Lord Brett is chairman of the East Sussex Economic Advisory Board and an ambassador for Locate, an organisation that promotes this area for business location and growth. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Club Ltd Oct 2015. Please ask for permission before reproducing this photograph.
2015 MINISTERIAL VISIT - Councillor David Elkin, Councillor David Tutt and Penny Mordaunt MP.
Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt visited Eastbourne Pier today on Monday January 19 2015 to view progress on its restoration following the fire.
EASTBOURNE INDEPENDENT - 9 NOVEMBER 2015
The dispute over Eastbourne MP Carole Ansell accepting her £7k pay rise rumbles on today.
EASTBOURNE PIER UPDATE 23 OCTOBER 2015
Abid Gulzar every success in his exciting venture of becoming the custodian of Eastbourne’s most famous landmark.
BURNED OUT - The sad remains of a once proud skyline. It might have been better to leave it like this, than not to rebuild the Blue Room. At least that way there would be something for visitors to see. At the moment there is nothing but thin air. It would be totally inappropriate to put a fun fair in this location. By the same token, penny arcades are not sufficiently high earners for high-maintenance structures like this. What is needed is something really special to turn this (or any other) pier into a real crowd puller.
- Friday 31 July 2015
SOMETHING MISSING - The twisted steel structure has been removed and the boarding replaced thanks to Crown Entertainment Centres. Now all we need is for the Blue Room to be rebuilt to bring the pier back to its former glory. The cost of rebuild is estimated to be in the region of £5 million pounds. Without the former music pavilion the pier is not the attraction that is should be. Visitors do not have any attractions to entice them onto this historic site, other than to see what is missing. Strangely, people are coming to look at nothing, but for how long. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Club Ltd Oct 2015. Please ask for permission before reproducing this photograph.
SUN NATION April 9, 2015
PIER PRESSURE - Sheikh Abid Gulzar answers questions about his plans for the pier at Grand Parade, Eastbourne. Apart from changing to LED lighting, the only revelation at this meeting was confirmation that Mr Gulzar is planning to rebuild the landing jetty to enable operation of pleasure cruises along the coast. Of that we heartily approve. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Club Ltd Oct 2015. Please ask for permission before reproducing this photograph.
ALL THE WORLD IS A STAGE - But not this one. This is the rotting remains of the original landing stage, where in days gone by wealthy Victorians would delight at a sedate passage from one pier to another. Later, speedboat rides were operated from here, but all that came to a stop as visitor numbers dwindled, taking away the income that was and is needed to keep structures like this properly maintained. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Club Ltd Oct 2015. Please ask for permission before reproducing this photograph.
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PRIME MINISTER - David Cameron and George Osborne visited Eastbourne in 2014, to see the carnage for themselves. They were so concerned at the hardship that this disaster might cause local traders that they immediately offered £2 million in aid. Where that two million went is anyone's guess. It seems to have gone up in smoke like the pier.
TERRY VALERIANO - Wonders where the money is going to come from to keep this pier in good condition. The ideas being touted about by the present owners are not exactly ground breaking. Clearly, from the ongoing petition(s) and the other social media sites, the public think that it is a priority to re-build the Blue Room as quickly as possible. All the while this heritage asset in missing, Eastbourne is losing visitors and tourists equals income! Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Club Ltd Oct 2015. Please ask for permission before reproducing this photograph.
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