‘Eyesore’ pub set to be knocked down

Malvern Way pub, Hastings'Residents want it refurbed'23/05/11'Angie Sherry and Mike Turner
Malvern Way pub, Hastings'Residents want it refurbed'23/05/11'Angie Sherry and Mike Turner

A DERELICT pub which has been a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour is set to be knocked down and redeveloped.

The Malvern, in Malvern Way, has been closed for at least six years.

Residents said it has dragged down the area with graffiti, vandalism, drug use and even arson attacks in and around the site.

Councillors decided at a cabinet meeting on Monday to start the process in slapping a compulsory purchase order (CPO) on the disused pub.

Hastings Borough Council plans to work with Sittingbourne-based housing association AmicusHorizon to turn the dilapidated pub into social housing.

Andrew Palmer, the council’s head of housing services, said: “The Malvern pub site has long been an eyesore and cause of complaints.

“Both AmicusHorizon and the council agree that the demolition of the pub and the landscaping of the site would enhance the amenity of the area.”

Monday’s decision is the culmination of a campaign led by ward councillor Mike Turner, who vowed to sort out the problem as part of his election campaign last year.

Residents said the disused pub site is often full of drug needles and broken glass and attracted youths who go there and cause trouble.

Cllr Turner said: “It has (The Malvern) caused considerable aggravation to the residents and the council. Considerable resources have been used with little difference.

“It is a complete and utter mess and we cannot tolerate its impact on this community any more.”

Earlier this year one clean-up operation around the pub had cost £1,000 and taken two days. Swastikas had been spray painted on walls and a manhole cover ripped out of the ground.

Cllr Turner said: “I would like to pay tribute to the council for using what very little resources it has to help people in the most deprived area of Hastings.”

Cllr Peter Chowney said: “Every agency imaginable has been involved in some sort of enforcement action with the pub site and all to no avail. This should improve the area immensely.”