Ban on seafront For Sale signs set to continue

RESTRICTIONS on For Sale and To Let signs along the seafront look set to continue.

There is an almost blanket ban on these boards on the seafront between Grosvenor Gardens in St Leonards and Pelham Crescent, except for a small strip in the middle.

The meausre was introduced in 2009 by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following a request b y Hastings Borough Council. It was in response to concerns that the large number of estate agents’ board in the seafront area, sometimes more than 100 on display, was making the town look scruffy and damaging its image.

This Government direction is due to expire in November this year and cabinet members are expected to support its renewal at a meeting on Monday.

An application will then be made to the Secretary of State.

The council has written to estate agents and community groups with an interest in the seafront area seeking their views on an extension of the policy. A public consultation on the council’s website ended on February 26.

A report by the council’s head of regeneration and planning policy, Monica Adams-Acton, states: “It is considered that the direction has worked well and has lead to a marked improvement in the appearance of the seafront area.

“It is therefore recommended that the council should apply to the Secretary of State for the renewal of the direction.”