Grotbusters to target central St Leonards

GROTBUSTERS from Hastings Borough Council will target central St Leonards in the latest wave of enforced building improvements.

The award-winning council scheme seems town hall staff target landlords and owners who let their buildings fall into disrepair. They are contacted by the council and encouraged to spruce up the eyesores and, in extreme cases, the local authority can do the work and bill the owner.

A series of walkabouts are planned for the next week and the Grotbusters team will target Kings Road and the so-called Seven Streets area of St Leonards. The 7 Streets Project is a neighbourhood initiative based in central St Leonards which was set up with funding from the People’s Health Lottery and includes a weekly clean-up, a community information centre in Silchester Road and detailed record keeping of housing quality in the area. The team will also be visiting the Old Hastings electoral ward.

Since the Grotbusters scheme was launched in 2000, 635 properties have been refurbished - including 47 so far in this financial year.

Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration, said: “The Grotbusting team continues to achieve extraordinary results, currently with undertakings on numerous long-term eyesores including Priory Road, Claremont and Devonshire Road. Work on the last significant eyesores on the seafront has largely now been completed. We have a zero tolerance approach to shabby and derelict structures, land and buildings and consider this initiative to be a core part of the council’s function.”