Eyesore former language school is up for auction

The former Shelagar Tutorial College in Sedlescombe Road South.
The former Shelagar Tutorial College in Sedlescombe Road South.

A DISUSED language school that has fallen into disrepair is up for auction next week.

The former Shelagar Tutorial College, on the corner of Gillsmans Hill and Sedlescombe Road South, St Leonards is going under the hammer by Clive Emson Auctioneers and expected to fetch anywhere between £145,000 and £155,000.

The Victorian building has become an eyesore, much to the dismay of nearby residents, after being boarded up and abandoned more than 30 years ago.

It has six bedrooms on its upper floors and the ground floor was previously used as a language school.

Clive Emson Auctioneers says the entire building is in need of repair and refurbishment and could be turned into flats, a private home or office space, subject to planning permission being granted by Hastings Borough Council.

Cllr Phil Scott, who represents Hollington and Wishing Tree ward on the county council, and Wishing Tree ward on Hastings Borough Council, has highlighted the blight of empty homes, such as Shelagar, across town.

He said: “I’m naturally pleased to see some movement in relation to the empty properties that East Sussex County Council owns.

“This one is being sold off at auction but more needs to be done with the others and soon, and then hopefully we will either see them brought back into use for families desperate for housing or see some form of appropriate development take place.” Shelagar will come until the hammer on Tuesday (October 30).