Councillor welcomes interim appointment at Fort Fun

The operators of Treasure Island in Eastbourne will open Fort Fun between September and December after agreement was reached for a temporary licence to bring the venue back into use.

Wingrove House has run Treasure Island for many years and will quickly undertake all necessary repairs and improvements to get the main Fort Fun building ready to welcome the public in two months’ time.

Councillor Helen Burton, Cabinet Member for Property and Heritage Assets, said: “This is great news for families in Eastbourne as well as tourists visiting the town.

“Wingrove House has plenty of experience of running popular local attractions and using their existing resources and expertise, can quickly mobilise to get the ice cream kiosk and indoor soft play area at Fort Fun up and running.

“Our work to find a new long-term operator for Fort Fun is continuing and the council’s Strategic Property Board expect to make an appointment in September. The agreed temporary use of the site is entirely separate from any decisions that the board will make.”

Strategic Property Board has agreed that while all submissions received so far for the running of Fort Fun remained part of the process, due to the additional approaches that have recently been made to the council, the expression of interest process to attract an operator will be re-opened until the end of July.

Ben Porter, Director at Wingrove House, said: “We are looking forward to opening the kiosk for the August holiday period and we hope the indoor play area by September.

“We particularly want to give local families an attraction on the site that they can enjoy and at affordable pricing."