THE owner of a building deemed to be an eyesore has been hit with a £1,000 fine after failing to carry out improvements.
John Killick, of Harley Shute Road, St Leonards, was prosecuted in his absence last month at Hastings Magistrates Court.
Magistrates heard that Killick had failed to carry out substantial work to improve the appearance and condition of the old Halton Post Office building in Mount Pleasant Road, despite being served with an improvement notice by Hastings Borough Council’s planning enforcement, or Grotbusters, team.
Killick was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £348 in costs plus a £15 victim surcharge. He will also be required to carry out the work to the building.
Councillor Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration, said: “While prosecution is very much the last resort, we will go down this avenue if we are left with no other alternatives.
“What we will not stand for is ugly, run down buildings blotting our town and effectively being left to rot.”
Since the start of the Grotbusters initiative, 509 properties have been improved across the town.
Cllr Chowney added: “This court case is the latest in a long line of enforcement actions carried out by the team.
“One of our priority areas is the seafront, with 21 properties already improved or with work well under way, including the iconic Marine Court.
“We are carrying out enforcement action against the owners of nine other buildings in this area and a further four in the Old Town, following a walkabout with the ward councillors.”