Grotbusters out in force on seafront

Cllrs Birch and Chowney with grotbusters team
Cllrs Birch and Chowney with grotbusters team

COUNCILLORS were out in force last week to see how a campaign to spruce up the town’s derelict buildings is progressing.

Hastings Borough Council’s grotbusters team, along with council leader Jeremy Birch and councillor Peter Chowney, walked along the seafront to see which properties were still not up to scratch.

Last year was a busy one for the scheme, which started in 2000, yielding improvements to more than 50 buildings across town, including a number of prominent seafront premises in Eversfield Place and Marina, as well as properties elsewhere including the cinema in Queen’s Road.

This year in the Old Town 20 property owners have been approached and in Central St Leonards, more than 30.

Undertakings have been received in respect of a number of local eyesores including in Devonshire Road and West Hill Road. Grotbusters are also pushing for improvements in Caves Road.

To date the campaign has seen 640 premises improved.

Councillors and residents in Bohemia Road will be meeting with council officers soon to assess progress in that area in terms of improving buildings there.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “As we walked along the seafront local residents came up to us and they knew it was a grotbuster walkabout.

“They suggested other properties we could look at. Clearly there is widespread public support for the work being carried out.

“If you own a property in our town, especially in such a prominent location as the seafront, you have a social responsibility to upkeep it. If you don’t the grotbusters will remind you of that responsibility.”