Derelict garage site standing idle for 13 years

6/2/13- Councillor Godfrey Daniel and Councillor Dominic Sabetien at the former Hollingsworth's Ford site in Brabrooke Road, Hastings
6/2/13- Councillor Godfrey Daniel and Councillor Dominic Sabetien at the former Hollingsworth's Ford site in Brabrooke Road, Hastings
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A CALL has been made for an old garage site to be developed after standing derelict for the last 13 years.

The former Hollingsworth Garage in Braybrooke Road was demolished in 2000 after almost 70 years of business in the town.

It was one of two Ford garages run by the Hollingsworth family, the other being in Havelock Road.

Site owners erected hoarding around the triangular site around 2007. A plan to build 88 flats on the site was turned down in June 2010.

Councillors feared the development would have been overbearing and dominated the skyline. The site has now been identified as part of the council’s Local Development Plan

Braybrooke ward councillors Godfrey Daniel and Dominic Sabetian say the site has become untidy and an eyesore.

Flytippers regularly dump near Bethune Way. The councillors have asked the council’s Grotbusters team to investigate.

Resident Ion Castro lives across the road from the site. He said: “We don’t want anything that will spoil our view over the Old Town and across to the English Channel. The last plans were horrendous. If anything, we want modern three-storey town houses to be built there similar to what has been built at St Margaret’s Road. We want something that Hastings can be proud of. There are too many poor social housing projects in this town.”

Cllr Daniel said: “Grotbusters will, I hope, get the developer to clear the rubbish, screen off that section, repair and paint the hoardings.

“This will cost the developer money and, as well as improving its appearance, will put pressure on the developer to do something positive with the land.”