THE owner of Eastbourne Pier has this afternoon responded to claims he had sold the pier at Hastings.

Sheikh Abid Gulzar has issued a statament via The Lions Group.

It said: “The Lions Group can confirm that Hastings Pier has not been sold. 

“We have had an excellent summer with very good tenants. 

“The entertainment and amusements they provided were widely enjoyed.

“We have more exciting plans for the Pier which will be made public in the near future.”

Mr Gulzar bought Hastings Pier in 2018.