PIER owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar says: Put the closed and troubled Eastbourne Bandstand into private ownership.

Here is his weekend post: “I think it important that the Bandstand is transferred to private ownership – that way it guarantees investment and opening and maintain to very high standard like the Pier.

The Pier is like jewel in the crown of East Sussex tourism, it can make Bandstand similarly glorified to the Pier with lots of lights and tastefully decorated.

Also, for the amount of money EBC are applying for refurbishing Bandstand it could be have refurbished Bandstand and have designed built and open a small heart shaped Pier which would be extension to Bandstand which could house local commercial retail and hospitality venues selling fresh local produce and handicrafts of top grade at discounted prices.”