St Leonards eyesore building sold at auction

Derelict houses, St Leonards. 22/11/11''Ooty' front view.
Derelict houses, St Leonards. 22/11/11''Ooty' front view.

AN EYESORE building which has been derelict for more than 30 years has sold at auction for £157,000.

The delapidated Ooty building on The Green in St Leonards was the first county council property in the Gillsmans Hill corridor to go under the hammer.

The property is one of a half a dozen the authority snapped up in the late 1970s to make way for the constroversial Spur Road plan which never came to fruition.

More than £60,000 has been spent on maintaining the properties over the years and they are now being sold off as surplus to requirements.

However Ooty is believed to be in such a poor state of repair that it is likely to be demolished to make way for housing or flats.

County council spokesman Martin Fitzgerald confirmed the money would be put back into the authority’s budget. Wishing Tree Ward councillor Phil Scott, a long time campaigner for action on the Gillsmans Hill properties, said: “I’m very pleased this empty and derelict property has now been sold on,

“I did attend the meeting at County Hall and did request that the East Sussex County Council continue to monitor the site and any progress that is made.

“We now need to ensure through Hastings Borough Council’s planning enforcement regime that the pressure is really put on to finally deal with this long standing eyesore.”