Grotbusters team hits the seafront

L to R: Andrew Palmer, head of housing services, Marcus Berrisford, planning enforcement, Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of the council and Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader and lead member for regeneration.
L to R: Andrew Palmer, head of housing services, Marcus Berrisford, planning enforcement, Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of the council and Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader and lead member for regeneration.

THE council’s team tasked with banishing rundown buildings have turned their attention to the seafront.

Hastings Borough Council’s Grotbusters carried out their annual review of shabby seafront buildings this week and now have several in their sights for improvement.

Councillors and officers strolled down the promenade scrutinising paintwork and facades and compiling a list of actions to be taken against owners who have let their properties fall into disrepair.

Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader of the council, said: “So much has improved along the seafront in the last few years but there is more that still needs to be done and we are determined to persuade owners to take responsibility for their buildings.

“Ideally, repairs and painting will be carried out voluntarily but, if necessary, we will take enforcement action against owners who refuse to co-operate.

“Buildings we have looked at in our annual review include one in Robertson Terrace, which has flaking paintwork, a boarded up window and crumbling masonry.

“We also spotted several shop fronts which need attention and several breaches of the planning rules that need to be addressed.

“But it’s not just about the seafront. Grotbusters are taking action against dozens of other buildings around the town centre, key architectural features such as Wellington Square, and other prominent eyesore buildings elsewhere in Hastings and St Leonards.”

In all 20 properties were identified for improvement between Hastings town centre and Grosvenor Gardens.