Eastbourne Pier is one of the fourteen seaside piers built by Eugenius Birch. The pier was started in 1866, officially opened in 1870 and completed in 1872.
A domed pavilion was added later in 1888 and two years later a theatre.
A landing stage was built in 1893 and two saloons half-way along the pier a little later. In 1925, a music pavilion was constructed at the shoreward end, which later became an amusement arcade.
During the Second World War some of the decking was removed and anti-aircraft guns mounted. However, its’ only war damage happened in December 1942 when the local police strapped a mine to it and the mine did what mines do and exploded.
Apart from at the hands of the police, the pier has sustained fewer miss-haps than most, although it has suffered damage from storms and fires
In 2015, Mr Gulzar, a local hotel owner, bought the pier and has since come in for criticism from all sides, filling many column inches in the local papers. He has certainly taken a cavalier approach, but the pier has had a new coat of paint.
The council have taken a highhanded attitude, refusing permission for children’s rides, so hampering the financial viability of the pier, but at the same time wanting a say in what happens to it, but without putting their hands in their own pocket.
Mr. Gulzar’s ban on fishing and people having picnics on the pier is mean spirited, although for anyone who has narrowly missed being knocked over by a cyclist on the pavement, I’m all for the banning of cyclists.