Ice Skating On Eastbourne Pier?

Thursday 6th July 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Pier Sunset

Could roller skating and ice skating come to Eastbourne Pier?

Owner, Sheikh Abid Gulzar has met with the leader of the Borough Council, David Tutt, to discuss the idea, which he thinks would cost around £100,000 to build the rinks.

Mr Gulzar, who is known for his love of all things gold, wants to see more attractions on the seafront, to encourage more people to stay in town for longer.

Commenting he said, "I have put together a business plan to have both ice and roller skating. To do this I would need to purchase some land on the beach, to the left and right of the pier, and that is why I have been talking with Mr Tutt.  It would be fantastic for the seafront.

"I've done the maths - the figures add up and I would like to do this as soon as possible once I hopefully have the permission to do so. It would, I am sure, prove very popular with both locals and holidaymakers."

Mr Gulzar fears too many visitors are day trippers rather than staying in hotels and guesthouses. He said, "We all know that Eastbourne is a lovely place. We all love our town, but hand on heart, we need to be attracting more people into the town. Take a look at the seafront and then compare it to other seaside resorts. Do we have as much to offer visitors? Could we be doing more to attract more visitors? Should there be more along the seafront to bring them here?

"The answer to those questions I think is yes. The seafront is beautiful yes, but I am firmly of the opinion that we need more activities to bring people into the town on a more regular basis - not just for Airbourne and the tennis.

"I have met with the borough council's head of tourism and he accepted the need for new ideas. I have the ideas and I am prepared to take the financial risk with them. Why wait for tomorrow when we can do it today? I am waiting for a green light - and I am hoping it will be soon."

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