Council considers compulsory purchase of 27 more houses

The borough council is cracking down even further on long term empty houses.

At the Cabinet meeting on Monday (July 7) it agreed to consider using its compulsory purchase order powers on 27 privately owned empty properties in the town.

Councillor Kim Forward, lead member for housing at the council, said: “The empty homes CPO programme supports our vision of making Hastings a place with a decent home for everybody, it increases the availability of good quality accommodation to buy or rent, it brings empty homes back into use, it reduces eyesores, as some of the empty properties look almost derelict, and it helps reduce antisocial behaviour associated with empty buildings, including rubbish dumping, vandalism, arson, and drug taking. It also demonstrates to owners of empty homes that it is not acceptable to leave homes empty for unreasonable amounts of time. We use it only where we have to, when other approaches have failed, but this rigorous action does work. Our message is: we will take action if you don’t, and the whole community will benefit.”