Group raises £50k in bid to keep pier in community ownership

A small community group seeking to keep Hastings Pier in public ownership has raised £50,959 since the weekend.

An aerial view of Hastings Pier. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
An aerial view of Hastings Pier. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP) has until May 31 to raise £500,000 in order to prove its viability to GVA – the property firm appointed by administrators to handle the sale of the much-loved landmark.

James Chang, spokesman for FOHP, said: “The people of Hastings worked hard to raise over £14.2 million to rebuild the Pier, after it burned down in 2010, we think they should keep it.”

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Last month, the group was told it had to raise £1 million or it would be removed from the bidding process.

However, after presenting its business plan – to keep the pier’s freehold within public ownership and lease space from a body set up to maintain the pier’s structure – in front of nearly 500 residents, the group was given more time to raise the money.

Mr Chang added: “We have put together a 21st century business plan with a bold and dynamic entertainment programme for the Pier but we need cash now to make this a reality.

“That’s why we are asking everyone, local businesses and residents, as well as national companies and donors to help us keep this iconic Pier unique and community-owned.”

Donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fohp2018