How sad. How very very sad. Having spent many a happy childhood holiday in Hastings - I am appalled to hear news of the Pier being destroyed by a fire in the early hours of this morning. I know that it closed in 2006 due to safety concerns and that it was likely to be redeveloped. I for one think that was a good thing, depending on what was planned for the site.
And I personally would rather have something to remind me, rather than empty space.