Empty shops latest


If you’re an Eastbourne Can regular, you’ll know that one of our jobs for 2012 is helping to sort out the six empty shops opposite the station.

We’re pleased to say that things are moving in the right direction.

First off, the six shops are now just five thanks to the re-opening of Harrison’s sandwich bar.

Also the council has served S215 notices on a couple of the other shops. What’s that you ask? Eastbourne Can member Gary, a local solicitor, explains:

“If the poor condition of a property adversely affects the “amenity” of a neighbourhood then a council can serve a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requiring improvement works to be carried out.

“The poor condition can amount to as little as a messy garden or flaking paintwork, and a complaint from a member of the public can be enough to get a council to take action.

“The council gets the ball rolling by writing to the owner asking them for proposals for bringing the property up to standard, giving a deadline for a reply. If the owner has reasonable proposals and a timescale – say 12 to 18 months – the council will keep an eye on the situation.

“If nothing happens the council can set a deadline for work to be done and can ultimately take the owner to court. It could also carry out the work itself and charge the owner for doing so.

“Most of the time the threat of an S215 notice brings results. It’s hardly worth the owner employing lawyers to argue the point if a lick of paint will get the job done.”

We’ll keep an eye on the shops and let you know what happens.

In the meantime we’re thinking of starting a Spruce Up Squad! The idea is pretty simple – if enough of us pick up a mop and bucket then this problem will fix itself.

If you’d like to get involved you can sign up here.

2 Responses to “Empty shops latest”

  1. HEIDI SHRIMPTON

    I think it a great ideas to get some of the empty shops done up as they make the town look ugly, what need to be done is all the empty shop along seaside and seaside road that have stood empty for a while could be done up and turn into homes to reduce the numbers on the council list and help pay the rent on the property also offer them to local business that are starting up for the 1st time at a afford rate. You could get the court involved all those people support to be doing community service and keeping getting to trouble should help out and put something back into their community and the local college could help as well getting really life experience in doing proerty up. I would love to help out at the weekend but i work full time and also a full time mumto a 13months old baby. but if you need some help with painting property up them my other half can help out occasional when he not working. I think Eastbourne have so much to offerand one it all look better and empty property are back in use either as shops or homes them more visitor will come to visthopefully. thanks heidi

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