‘Repair pier or else’ warning to owners

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THE owners of Hastings Pier are set to be sent a council letter advising them to repair the dilapidated structure or face a compulsory purchase order.

Ravenclaw Investments, which is registered in Panama, would then have two months to respond before the council can carry out the order.

The council’s Cabinet will meet on Monday (Nov 28) to hear an update on the progress of the pier’s future. Members are being advised to approve the Repairs Notice letter by the head of regeneration Monica Adams-Acton. In her report, Mrs Adams Acton, states the council will make a CPO within three months of the letter being served to avoid the risk of a Purchase Notice coming back from the owners. During the meeting, councillors will be advised on the progress of the plans of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

They will also be recommended to delegate the power to pursue “all necessary actions” in relation to obtaining a CPO before transferring ownership to the Hastings Pier Charity.