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The letter focuses on overshooting a March deadline for re-opening the seaside attraction. The work and pensions secretary said she “can’t support any scenario” in which the pier remains closed indefinitely.
While she is the MP for the area, Ms Rudd has little power to intervene as the pier is privately owned.
Here is the letter:
Following the news that Hastings Pier will remain closed past March, I update residents in my open letter below pic.twitter.com/WXM7C1nzwJ— Amber Rudd MP (@AmberRuddHR)March 21, 2019
It was described as “an ill-disguised jibe about Mrs May's habit of keeping her cabinet in the dark about her plans for Brexit” by one newspaper.
On Twitter many have expressed similar views.
“This entire letter is an absolutely masterful trolling of Theresa May,” journalist Thomas Colson wrote.
This entire letter is an absolutely masterful trolling of Theresa May. https://t.co/mt6IFCQNIF— Thomas Colson (@tpgcolson)March 21, 2019
A genuine row has been unfolding in Hastings in recent months after the purchase of the pier which underwent a £14m lottery-funded facelift in 2017 and won it the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture.
Despite a local group crowdfunding £750,000 to take control of the pier when it went into administration, it was sold to Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Eastbourne pier, for just £60,000, according to Land Registry documents.
Since then it has remained closed for “repairs and improvements”, but was supposed to re-open in March.
I think all the cabinet should now set out their views on Brexit in the form of a code related to local constituency landmarks. https://t.co/xfixvPYcFF— Sam Freedman (@Samfr)March 21, 2019
However, it now appears he is planning to keep the pier closed for longer due to structural concerns.
“I urge the owner of Hastings Pier to conduct these repairs as a priority so that the pier may open as soon as possible. Our town cannot keep experiencing delay after delay,” Ms Rudd wrote.
Last month Ms Rudd publicly criticised Ms May in an article demanding the prime minister ruled out a no-deal Brexit.
The Independent has contacted both Ms Rudd's office and Hastings Pier for comment.