Demolition work on the derelict arches along Battle Road will start on Monday.
It was in May last year that Hastings Borough Council HBC) successfully took the owners of 2-12 Battle Road to court over the dangerous condition of the structure. The council obtained a court order, under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984, requiring the owners to remove the danger posed by the structure either by repairing or demolishing it and that must be done within 16 weeks.
However the 16 weeks passed and nothing happened. Then in March this year, at the same time as the council announced plans for road closures to allow the erection of concrete blocks that would protect people and vehicles while demolition works was carried out, it was announced that the council was having to foot the bill for the demolition – so far HBC has not said how much the works will cost.
According to the land registry the owners of the property are Elsie Goldsmith, Vaughan Wheatley and Simon Leeves all with addresses in St Leonards.
On Tuesday the council published a notice saying: “In accordance with the Section 77 Building Act 1984 Order issued by Brighton Magistrates Court on May 18th 2020, Hastings Borough Council have appointed a demolition contractor to demolish and remove 2-12 Battle Road, Hastings along with the steps and roof terrace giving access to the rear of properties on Silverlands Road, Hastings.
“The demolition will commence Monday May 17th 2021.”