The battle of Hastings pier heats up as owner shuts doors

Locals furious over decision to close the pier for two months, a year after it won the Stirling prize

The battle of Hastings pier has erupted in public insults and accusations after a decision, announced at the end of December, to close the seaside town’s prize-winning attraction for two months.

Furious locals have accused owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar of keeping them in the dark over his plans for the pier’s future after his sudden decision to shut it until March for repairs and improvements.

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