Questions have been raised with both Lewes DC and Seaford TC. East Sussex County Council (Highways) provide the licence to the scaffolder. Seaford expresss their protest at the inordinate amount of time the scaffolding has been there – 4 years and counting.

The Agent for the building’s owner has been identified – IDP Group, Sean Smith – and attempts have been made to engage with him, but without success. Seaford TC is apparently “in discussions” with the company. Information from their website is at this link.

We will not let this go. It is an unacceptable situation.

Discussed at Lewes District Council 24 November

Discussed at Lewes District Council 24 November:
Behind the scenes these two Councillors have been working to try and resolve the situation as there seems to have been no work on the site during the pandemic despit other building sites being active. The Council voted to continue applying the pressure and will writing to the Government requesting attentionto the legal loophole that allows a temporary installation to be present for five years.

Cllr Emily O’Brien and Lewes DC reported on 9 March:
Demolition work on the site has at last started. She and Cllr Stephen Gauntlett are keeping an eye on developments to ensure that work is not halted again without good reason. How much SRV’s pressure on the various local social media sites helped this along is not known, but we were prepared to continue the fight until a remedy to the situation was found. AS it is we too will be keeping an eye on things and reporting to everyone when necessary.

We are grateful to these two Councillors and to all others who have campaigned on Seaford residents’ behalf.

Emily O’Brien reported on 1 Feb 2020:
“Update on Talland Road Scaffolding in Seaford – Developer has committed to finishing the internal prep work next week, with demolition starting the following week (from 9th Feb). District Council officers keeping a a close eye to make sure this is really happening this time.

Demolition is always unpleasant, dusty and noisy – but it’s the way to get the job done and scaffolding out the way. This is probably the only site in the district where everyone is praying for demolition to start so let’s just go with (it)”
Emily is the lead Cabinet member for Planning on Lewes DC.

It’s good that information has finally been made public as it’s in everyone’s interests for that to be so. It removes some of the frustrations and lack of trust for Residents and that improves goodwill between them and their Councils – and even with the developer.

Notice the word “improves”, not “restores”…

Update on 21 January 2020:
Detailed information is being requested by Freedom of Information requests from East Sussex and Lewes District. Work is in progress.

Update on 16 January 2020:
Communication channels are now opening between the Lead Councillor on Planning, our MP, the Chairman of LDC and ourselves. We are awaiting volunteers to keep diaries on when work takes place on the site so that claims that work is taking place can be rebuffed when necessary.

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