Sheikh Defends Gold Pier

Monday 1st August 2016

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Work to re-paint Eastbourne Pier gold has been stopped. The proper permissions for the project weren't in place, forcing the authorities to step in.

A spokesperson for Eastbourne Borough Council said, "Following discussions with Historic England over the nature of painting being undertaken on Eastbourne Pier, the council contacted the pier owner to put an immediate stop on any further work being carried out.

"The listed status of the pier means that any significant work to it must be covered by a planning permission and listed building consent.  Accordingly, the owner of the pier will now need to submit a retrospective application that will be considered by the council’s planning committee."

A spokesperson for Historic England said, “Eastbourne pier is Grade II* listed and it is one of the best historic piers nationally. As such, changes to the structure need consent from the local authority. We understand that the owner has made a retrospective application to Eastbourne Borough Council for the painting carried out so far. We will be advising the Council on whether the changes affect the pier’s historic significance.”

Mr Gulzar, who’s famous around town for his gold Mercedes, started by painting the lion heads gold and the clock faces at the front of the pier, which happened several months ago. In recent weeks, many of the turrets have turned gold, along with the dome covering the camera obscurer and the roof above the restaurant.

The gold-work is now done, but hotelier, Mr Gulzar has applied for retrospective planning permission, which was received by Town Hall last week. Planners could make their decision by the end of the month, depending on how much feedback they receive from residents about the work.

Eastbourne Buzz caught up with the Sheikh earlier today to get his thoughts on the latest situation with the pier.

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