Historic buildings will be put on list

HISTORIC buildings across Hastings will be added to a new list of important properties in need of protection.

After coming under pressure from a 264 name petition, Hastings Borough Council decided last week to act to safeguard buildings amid concerns developers are allowed to ride rough-shod over residents’ worries.

Councillors approved plans for a heritage list which will be administered by a new panel of locals charged with identifying buildings which are in need of a protective status but which do not currently qualify for listing by English Heritage.

Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of the authority, welcomed the idea saying it would also be a great way to showcase the town’s heritage. Speaking at a meeting on Monday he said: “We have buildings going back to 1066 all the way up to the modernist Marine Court. What better place to celebrate heritage? “We need to marry what we have with the new to make sure this town progresses and having a list of buildings which are considered important can only be a good thing.”

The scheme, which was suggested by locals, received unanimous backing from the council’s cabinet and Tory leader Matthew Lock said he was looking forward to discussions on what buildings should be included.

He said: “It will be a bit like art. There will be debates about what is historic and what is not - but that is a good debate to have.”

He also said he felt it was important that councillors - particularly those on the borough’s planning committee - were not given prominent roles on the panel.