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Hastings Pier has burnt down OMG

On 5 Oct 2010 at 10:43am Smiler wrote:
Hastings Pier has just gone the way of Brightons West Pier and Southends, the end of an era

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On 5 Oct 2010 at 12:16pm Matt Kent wrote:
Very Sad.
It had been lying dormant for quite a while, and was a good opportunity for redevelopment. Architects had recently been asked to submit ideas for the pier. Burning it to a crisp was not one of them. This is the last thing that Hastings needs given its levels of social deprivation, unemployment and drug use.
On 5 Oct 2010 at 12:29pm Down and Out wrote:
Highly sus. I wonder if the organisation which owns the Palace Pier in Brighton owns any amusement arcades or the like in Hastings?
On 5 Oct 2010 at 5:35pm Mystic Mog wrote:
Fear of litigation for potential safety problems because of a lack of investment by an off-shore property company. We have a similar problem in Newhaven with the beach.
On 5 Oct 2010 at 6:17pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I'm pretty sure the company that owned it also owned one of the Brighton piers. Seems convenient that the day before a meeting to confirm the application of a compulsary purchase order, the whole thing burns down. Anyone know the insured value of the pier? I bet it's more than the council were going to pay them for it.

Just saying...
On 5 Oct 2010 at 6:31pm Pedant wrote:
Yes, it's interesting how convenient some of these fires can be. It'll be interesting to see what the two lads they've arrested have to say about who paid them to do it.
On 5 Oct 2010 at 8:26pm jrsussex wrote:
4 years ago Hasting Borough Council insisted the pier was an unsafe structure and closed it. Here it is 4 years later still standing, now having fallen victim to fire and yet the council leader has said on Meridian this evening that they are having yet another survey carried out and hopefully the structure will be OK to rebuild the pier on. If four winters sticking out into the English Channel, plus a fire has not finished it off, how come it was unsafe four years ago? The council, in my opinion, had a bit of a spat with the owners as a result of which they placed a closure order on it.
On 5 Oct 2010 at 8:39pm Peter Byron wrote:
Insurance will save the day no doubt mmmmm. Best, Peter What has happened to West Pier, has that gone yet? About time these rusted relics went, and that my friends includes moi. Best, Peter
On 5 Oct 2010 at 10:32pm Matt Kent wrote:
Irrespective of alleged underhand arson, if were are a resident of Hastings, the whole situation would be pretty sad. The Council have failed their residents, and Hastings has lost a landmark that many people probably loved in its hay day. It needed to to rebuilt, and like all very similar situations of landmark building neglect, someone always has to go that extra mile to ruin it by burning it down.
On 5 Oct 2010 at 10:53pm jrsussex wrote:
The indecision 4 years ago was over the level of repairs required. The powners said one thing and the council said another, as always the authority won the battle but now appear to have lost the war.
On 6 Oct 2010 at 8:18am 'ere be monsters wrote:
If they'd left it a fortnight they could have had fireworks as well!!
On 6 Oct 2010 at 8:50am concerned wrote:
OMG - Any neglected buildings in Lewes vulnerable to the cleansing flame?
On 6 Oct 2010 at 3:15pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
see this
On 7 Oct 2010 at 6:33pm Peter Byron wrote:
I find myself drawn to Brixtonebelle on almost every subject . Peter

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