Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the town’s firefighters and RNLI crews on his visit to see the devastation left after Eastbourne pier blaze.
He visited the lifeboat station, the pier and the East Sussex Fire & Rescue station in Whitley Road this morning (Friday. August 1).
Mr Cameron asked if the local firefighters had been helped by other brigades and was told they had been ‘very supportive’.
There were 80 firefighters from across the county fighting the flames at the height of the blaze on Wednesday afternoon. He also asked if they’d had any issued with logistics or equipment and was reassured that everything had gone smoothly.
Stephen Lloyd MP, who spoke with David Cameron and George Obsborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, at the entrance of the pier, said, “I was delighted to hear from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, that Eastbourne was to be granted £2m to help our town deal positively with the aftermath of this dreadful fire to our beloved pier.”
“The Prime Minister agreed and I was pleased to hear him further express so clearly his admiration not just for Eastbourne, but the way our whole town responded to the fire.
“My priority now is, along with everyone else is to ensure we get the Pier back up and running as soon as possible and that our clear, constant message to the rest of the UK and beyond is that Eastbourne remains well and truly open for business.”